Republican Lawmaker Very Sorry He Said Men Should Be Able to Rape Women if Abortion Is Legal
Republican state lawmaker Lawrence Lockman has only been serving in the Maine House of Representatives since 2012, but has a long history in state politics, much of which he seems to have spent making ignorant and deeply offensive comments about rape, abortion and HIV/AIDS, among other issues.
Bangor Daily News writer Mike Tipping compiled a list of remarks Lockman has made over the last three decades, which have led Democratic lawmakers to call for his resignation and Lockman to issue an apology.
From Tipping’s report, Lockman on HIV:
In the mid-to-late eighties, Lockman changed his focus away from avoiding taxes and towards spreading lies about the AIDS epidemic. In 1987, he is quoted in the Bangor Daily News as implying that HIV and AIDS could be spread by bed sheets and mosquitoes. […]
“In the overwhelming majority of cases, people are dying because of their addiction to sodomy,” Lockman wrote in a 1987 letter to the editor to the Lewiston Daily Sunarguing against funding for AIDS education. “They are dying because progressive, enlightened, tolerant people in politics and in medicine have assured the public that the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted, depraved crime against humanity.”