From the editorial board of the Kansas City Star:
Rick Brattin, a Missouri state representative from Harrisonville, seems pretty certain: Homosexuality and humanity are incompatible. “When you look at the tenets of religion, of the Bible, of the Qur’an, of other religions,” he said Monday, “there is a distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being.”
The statement, made on the Missouri House floor, was deplorable. It betrayed a stunning lack of understanding of theology and self-government: The Constitution protects all Americans from the tyranny of any single faith-based approach to secular law.
We asked Rep. Brattin to explain his statement, but he did not return a phone call to his office. It isn’t the first time state Brattin has tripped over the Constitution.
He has sought an equal footing for teaching creationism in public schools. He proposed requiring the father’s consent before an abortion except in cases of “legitimate rape.” He suggested college football players who refuse to play for political reasons should lose their scholarships.
Brattin’s comments came during an failed attempt to pass a statewide LGBT rights bill. Instead, the Missouri House passed a bill that would make it more difficult for anybody to sue for discrimination. (Tipped by JMG reader Homer)
— Fusion (@Fusion) May 11, 2017
Bold Rick Brattin, bold. pic.twitter.com/bpQVpY7Ys6
— El Franchíse (@dannyboi965) May 10, 2017
— DJ Rash (@Drash013) May 9, 2017
There's literally zero chance Rick Brattin doesn't have Grindr on his phone. https://t.co/SLKXmMHzSA
— Alexander M4Milton (@thedealwithalex) May 11, 2017