Does Larry Kilgore Still Think Gay Texans Should Be Put To Death?

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Previous U.S. Senate GOP candidate hopeful, and now Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate hopeful, Larry “SECEDE” Kilgore — yes, that is his legal name now — still believes gay people should be put to death. Their deaths should be done in accordance to teachings from the Bible.

This time around, however, Kilgore is setting aside most of his extremist “Christian” beliefs to concentrate on making secession a reality for Texas.

“The only position I have is secession,” Kilgore told Lone Star Q this week. “I am a Christian, and I have lots of Christian beliefs. However, I am trying to build a coalition of all different types of people. I look at the lesbians and the homosexual folks and I say, 'Hey, D.C. is stealing my money just like they're stealing your money.' After we get our freedom, then we can decide all that stuff – hopefully at a county level. Right now, lesbians and homosexuals and Christians may have differences with each other, but we've got a bigger enemy.”

Read more below the jump.Kilgore, who was John Cornyn's 2008 primary opponent, holds what some might call big-time, really extremist views. Kilgore has also previously advocated the death penalty for women who undergo abortion medical procedures and individuals that commit adultery.

Previous Kilgore campaign logo.

Other previous anti-LGBT comments made by Kilgore include severe flogging for transvestites: “Judges will flog more severely those convicted of transvestism…”

According to his website, Kilgore received 50,000 votes in the 2006 GOP primary against Gov. Rick Perry. He received 225,000 votes in 2008 against Senator Cornyn, both of those races running as a secessionist candidate.

People in Texas actually support this guy.

While, yes, the Texas Republican Party has not always been a model for moderate candidates, the extreme-right portion of the party seems to be increasingly coming out of their shell in attempts to make of Texas a place where no reasonable-minded human being would ever want to set foot in. Case in point: Steve Stockman challenging John Cornyn because he isn't “conservative” enough. Another always fitting example: That Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz actually exists and represents our state.

The Republican Party of Texas has become a joke. But our state and the lives of the people of Texas are no joking matter. Not one vote. Republican candidates do not deserve a single one of our votes. It is up to Democrats and progressives in Texas to elect back sanity to the leadership offices of our state.

If what happened this summer at the State Capitol tells us anything, with over 180,000 people watching live from their home across the country (and the world), it is that people are watching us. People are watching Texas. We can't continue to allow our state to be made a mockery by Republicans.


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Omar Araiza

Staff writer Omar Araiza covers immigration, Latino voters, the U.S.-Mexico border, and LGBT issues. He is a proud South Texas native, born and raised in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Omar tweets from @AraizaTX.

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