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|Sources: Ga. Rep. Bobby Franklin, who compared gays to drug dealers, has died|
|Written by Ryan Watkins|
|Tuesday, 26 July 2011 12:31|
Georgia Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta), a Cobb County lawmaker who once compared gays and lesbians to drug dealers, has died, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Franklin made national headlines earlier this year after making several anti-gay comments in an interview with the Marietta Daily Journal while discussing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
"The Bible says it's a capital offense," Franklin said of homosexuality in the interview. "You want someone with unrepentant criminal behavior? And it's not just that, neither should adulterers, neither should thieves, neither should a lot of things.
“The church is full of sinners, but we're told in 1st Corinthians it rattled off the homosexual, the adulterer, the thief, the liar, and such were some of you, but you've been washed, you've been justified and so forth. It's not what you were. You're not punishing a thought. But do you want an unrepentant drug dealer in the military? Same thing."
Activists from Atlanta's Queer Justice League and GetEQUAL GA attempted to confront Franklin over his remarks, but Franklin refused to meet with them.
Franklin eventually said that he “can not and will not” apologize for his remarks.
Ga. Rep. Bobby Franklin was first elected to the General Assembly in 1996. He is survived by his wife Pat and his three children.
Top photo: Ga. State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-43) (via media.legis.ga.gov)
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