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Ed Emery Defends Remarks On Dangers Of Sodomy: "The Truth Can Be Very Offensive"

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State Senator Ed Emery.
State Senator Ed Emery is standing by his homophobic remarks on sodomy and gay marriage, arguing that there was nothing inaccurate about his controversial column -- and that "the truth can be very offensive."

Yesterday, Daily RFT drew attention to his latest legislative newsletter, in which he reflects on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent gay-marriage ruling and then proceeds to argue that sodomy is "more offensive and significantly more dangerous" than smoking.

Since publishing that post, we got a chance to chat directly with Emery on the phone who tells us he doesn't know what is false about his essay and says he is happy to talk with critics about it.

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When asked how he would respond to LGBT people who might be offended by a column that presents them as dangers or threats to society, he responds, "I would just ask them to point out any error...if there are mistakes or information that is inaccurate, I would want to know."

He continues, "Show me where I'm wrong. If we're in disagreement, the best resolution is a full discussion."

As some critics commented on Twitter, in referencing the "Supreme Court rulings on sodomy and the assault on marriage," the column appeared to be complaining about a decade-old ruling against sodomy bans. (The Supreme Court has not issued any decisions related to sodomy since 2003.)

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Catholic groups marching in St. Louis PrideFest this year.

Emery tells us this is not the case and that he was just raising the question of sodomy in the context of the recent Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act (a decision that says same-sex couples have a right to access federal benefits).

"I was talking about the most recent decision," he says. "When I think of marriage I think of a sexual relationship. I guess I just presumed that was the whole point. These are people who are involved in a relationship, and they want the state to sanction that relationship."

The column argued that a mere 3 percent of the U.S. population practices sodomy and says this is against "natural law." He wrote: "God did not create Adam and Andrew or Eve and Evelyn, but Adam and Eve. Their sexuality is clearly prescribed for procreation, but American society has redefined it from procreation to recreation."

He argued that it is hypocritical to try and regulate an unhealthy behavior like smoking while sanctioning sodomy and further stated that it is time to impeach the "five social activists" on the Supreme Court.

He reiterates these comments in our phone interview.

In the context of smoking, Emery says sodomy is a "kind of behavior with the same or worse effects."

Why, then, do we not talk about these dangers, he asks.

"I find that disingenuous," Emery says. "It just doesn't make sense to me."

He says, "It's not always pleasant if someone points out that something we do is wrong, if something we do is harmful.... The truth can be very offensive."

Continuing with his smoking analogy, he argues that we wouldn't just stop talking about lung cancer simply because there are smokers who might not want to hear this commentary.

Speaking of the Supreme Court and doubling down on his call to impeach five justices, he says, "We have a branch of the government who has now exercised an element of tyranny that is beyond what I have seen in my life time."

He says, "We sometimes act like, well, there's nothing we can do. The Supreme Court has issued their opinion...[but] there's a reason those are called opinions."

"At this point, we go to the Constitution and say what can we do if we have a court that violates its jurisdiction?" he says. "The legislature can actually remove them."

Emery adds, "I am asking our legislators in Washington D.C. to take their oath seriously and do something about this usurpation of power."

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State Senator Ed Emery.

After asking in several different ways if he had any response to critics of the column who believe the remarks are homophobic and offensive, Daily RFT asks if he personally approves of constituents who identify as LGBT.

"Obviously, our personal views affect our political views. I'm speaking in the context of the political arena," he responds.

Pressed on the matter -- how he would respond to a gay couple who lives in his district -- he says, "If there were folks that came to me on a personal basis and asked them my personal views, I'd be happy to share those with them.... I wouldn't necessarily publish my conversation."

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mdresner1
mdresner1

I bet if he closed his eyes, and his wife or other female swapped positions with a clean shaven gay male, he couldn't tell the difference. This is from the party that says government should stay out of our personal lives. Unless it involves, gays, race, firearms, and abortion. Too bad I can't vote him out.

Casey Saunders
Casey Saunders

this guy should probably just not be in any position of power. like not even a janitor at a school, i think that would be giving him too much.

Kathi Corbett-Otto
Kathi Corbett-Otto

This man's temerity and arrogance is offensive to me. Why he believes that the United States Supreme Court should be impeached for upholding the separation of Church and State is beyond comprehension. If he, politically, is intent of forcing all of America to follow the tenets of his religion, then HE is the one who needs to be impeached.

Tim Howell
Tim Howell

What did you expect from Akins buddy?

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

no one wants shit on their dick..!.

Catherine Claire
Catherine Claire

You know those gays are dangerous dudes. They work out so they can look that good!

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

Do we really have to be politically correct or can we just call an asshole an asshole? Just asking.

John Kevin Dark
John Kevin Dark

Funny, I find Ed Emery far more offensive than either Gay marriage or a pack of Marlboros.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

He does not speak for all conservatives.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Go back to your bible thumping idiot and leave everyone else alone

Michael Allen
Michael Allen

Wait—we can impeach Justices? This is the best thing that's ever happened.

Heather Wilson
Heather Wilson

How do these people believe this bullshit they make up in their minds? It is so unreal!

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

A politician that speaks the truth!

Jeri Michelle Reuter
Jeri Michelle Reuter

Like my husband said, some people might be surprised to hear how many men are just one BJ away from death. ...

Joshua Barton
Joshua Barton

he says as he walks into The Club St. Louis......

Sam Ganci
Sam Ganci

So, is it equally dangerous for straight people, I wonder? That would've been nice to know before last weekend.

Bart J. Holland
Bart J. Holland

HE IS DISGUSTING!!!! Clearly his information that he is spewing to the public is absolutely absurd, and he is out of touch with reality! BIGOT!!!!!

Christian Knobloch
Christian Knobloch

Well, we don't like a politician to flip flop on an issue, do we? Even if it's backwards and hateful!

Hobbes
Hobbes

Sam, real question: Why so chummy? I understand why basically transcribing the interview lays out, for all the world to see, how dumb and willfully ignorant this prick is. But he's a hateful politician who deserves no respect as a public figure. This is worse than Akin, if only because this fucking monster sat down, thought long and hard about his latest turd, and then polished that turd into a "legislative column." I mean, the fuckwit doesn't know natural law from the hole between his buttocks. 

Stick it to him. Have some fun. After all, he's a shoo-in for Ass Clown of the Week. 

Chris Bergh
Chris Bergh

In truth, Ed Emery is very offensive. An officially elected bigot, few things more offensive!

steve.lemaitre
steve.lemaitre

@SlicRic Kohn 

Unfortunately, he speaks for the vast majority of them.

But conservatism has mutated so far in this country that I serious doubt Ronald Reagan could win any support with the GOP if he were to run today.

The second the words "Compassionate Conservatism" slipped past his lips, he would be labeled a "commie liberal" and thrown out of the race.

steve.lemaitre
steve.lemaitre

@Alex Peck 

Then you have a twisted version of the "truth".

I would love to see what evidence either you or he had for any of these assertions that didn't come out of your own narrow interpretation of the bible...

... which is funny, because you yourself would refuse any evidence from someone else's holy book, or even from your own holy book if it didn't fit your own interpretation of it.

So try, please, to provide actual evidence of the damage of sodomy which exceeds the damage created by smoking.

Keep in mind, the damage of smoking has real numbers behind it.

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