Michigan Has Its Own Klingenschmitt

Michigan held its primaries on Tuesday and one of the people who won was Gary Glenn, the leader of the American Family Association of Michigan. Right Wing Watch accurately compares him to Gordon Klingenscmitt and says he will rival Gordo as the most anti-gay state legislator in the country if he wins the general election (and he probably will).

Glenn was a prominent supporter of Michigan’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and was a big backer of his “very special friend” Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential bid. As the head of the American Family Association’s Michigan affiliate, Glenn has pushed any number of extreme anti-gay positions:

  • Wants states to be able to recriminalize homosexuality: “[W]e believe that states should be free to regulate and prohibit behavior that’s a violation of community standards and a proven threat to public health and safety — including, as most of the United States did throughout its history, homosexual behavior.”
  • Warned that companies should be wary of hiring LGBT people.
  • Wanted public schools to ban Gay Straight Alliances because they promote “homosexual propaganda” and “risky behavior.”
  • Called anti-bullying measures the “Trojan horse” of “homosexual activists.”
  • Was a plaintiff in a lawsuit to stop the 2009 federal hate crimes law by falsely claiming it would criminalize the Bible.

Glenn is pretty much a vile human being. And he’s likely to be serving in the state legislature here in Michigan in a few months.

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  • John Pieret

    he’s likely to be serving in the state legislature here in Michigan in a few months

    Not so good for Michigan but I bet it will be good for your blog contents.

  • Oh. Wait. Never mind the redunancy. I was being that. Redundant, I mean.

  • robertfaber

    When I first saw the name I thought of Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross running for the seat.

    “Put that coffee down. Coffee is for Christians only.”

  • busterggi

    “In a way, all of us has an El Guapo to face. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous man who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be *the actual* El Guapo!”

  • jimmyfromchicago

    @Modus #1

    On that link–Gawd I hate how conservatives have ruined the word freedom. It’s a great word, but they use it to mean the opposite of what it actually means. You can pretty much tell that any organization with the word “freedom” in its name is full of assholes. i actually cringe when i hear someone say it aloud. We need to take the word back.

  • jimmyfromchicago, Freedom is me standing on your neck. Tyranny is stopping me.

  • D. C. Sessions

    If it’s any comfort, he’s unlikely to vote any differently than other Michigan Republicans.

  • estraven

    Well, here in my neck of the woods in Lapeer County, Todd Courser won the primary, attributing his win to “an act of God.” (so humble!) He’s certainly cut from the same cloth as Glenn. We’re a tiny island of blue (our property) in a sea of red (the rest of the rural acres surrounding us).