Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is continuing his campaign against Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D) over the congressman’s sexuality, saying it is important when concerning laws and mandatory sentences for child sexual abuse criminals.
ThinkProgress said that O’Reilly is using the term “gay” as a replacement for “child molster” and demanded the talk show host apologize for his statements.
O’Reilly, in attacking Ferrandino, argued that the Speaker’s sexual orientation is important because “people don’t know him” and why he is opposing “Jessica’s Laws.”
According to ThinkProgress, “Jessica’s Laws impose excessive mandatory sentences for child sexual abuse, but Colorado already has tough laws and neither the law enforcement community nor victims’ advocate groups support the proposed change.”
O’Reilly has even asserted that Ferrandino was protecting somebody “because he was gay.”
Ironically, the campaign of antagonism towards Ferrandino continues on the same day that the House passed a civil unions measure for LGBT couples. The governor’s office has already told 429Magazine that they will sign the bill into law.
But O’Reilly is not letting up, however, attempting to link being gay with child sexual assault.
“We described the speaker as ‘openly gay’ because Americans don’t know who he is and that description is used in almost every article ever written about him. And the reason we brought up civil unions is because Ferrandino objected to that vote being sabotaged by Republicans a few years ago, then he turned around and used the same technique to table Jessica’s Law. […]
It matters that he is openly gay because he did the same thing to Jessica’s Law that he objected to on the civil unions situation… You have to basically get behind the motivation of the man, and his motivation is very narrow. He’s got only a couple of things he wants to do in there that he feels passionate about, but the kids apparently he doesn’t feel passionately about because he sabotaged it.”
With more and more states pushing forward on civil union legislation or marriage equality, ThinkProgress and other groups believe that those like O’Reilly will continue to flounder into the minority.