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|Stephen Colbert mocks claim that being gay is akin to smoking|
|Written by Ryan Watkins|
|Wednesday, 13 April 2011 09:47|
Last night, Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's “The Colbert Report,” highlighted recent statements made by The Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats comparing the health risks of smoking cigarettes to homosexuality.
Colbert called on the Surgeon General to put warning labels on gay-folk, saying “If your gay sex is causing smoke, you may want to slow things down.”
“Smoking is just like being gay. That's why you always see people huddled outside work taking a ten minute 'gay' break.”
Vander Plaats elaborates in an interview with Think Progress:
“When you take a look at it, this isn’t the Family Leader, but say the New York Health Department. They’ve put out an ad basically highlighting all the dangers of the homosexual lifestyle, that you’re this many times more to get this particular disease or this many times more to get this other type of disease,” Vander Plaats said in the video interview.
“Now, they conclude with 'practice safe sex.' But they’re almost taking our talking points. Because anybody, the Journal of Medicine will back us up on this, that this is a risky lifestyle, health risk lifestyle. If we’re teaching the kids, 'don’t smoke, because that’s a risky health style,' the same can be true of the homosexual lifestyle. That’s why I think we need to speak the truth once in a while.”
According to Think Progress, Vander Plaat's organization played a key role in the removal of three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who ruled in 2010 that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Check out the video segment below:
Top photo: Stephen Colbert calls on the Surgeon General to put warning labels on gay people (via Colbert Nation)
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