The Year in Homophobia: Ten of the Worst Anti-LGBT Stories of 2013
By all accounts, 2013 was a banner year for the gay rights movement: The Supreme Court struck down the worst part of the Defense of Marriage Act, seven new states legalized marriage equality, polls showed Americans backing gay rights in ever-growing numbers, anti-gay crusader Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in his bid to become Virginia’s governor, the Boy Scouts loosened their discriminatory policies, and the “ex-gay” movement began to self-destruct.
But although it’s become an annual tradition to declare the end of the Religious Right, we have seen that equality opponents are only ratcheting up their rhetoric in the face of new challenges and fights next year.
Here we take a look back at some of the worst anti-gay rhetoric and activism of 2013.
10. Class Action Lawsuit Against Homosexuality?
Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough wants to put homosexuality on trial … literally. Scarborough, a right-wing Texas pastor with close ties to Republicans including Ted Cruz and Rick Perry, said during a Tea Party Unity conference call with anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera that he hopes there will be a ” class action lawsuit ” brought against homosexuality much like the one brought against tobacco companies.
Such language is nothing new from Scarborough, who has also called AIDS a divine punishment for homosexuality and regularly rants against “sodomites.”