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Sen. Mike Goschka's virtue

by: matt

Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 01:00:00 AM EDT

The Michigan gay newspaper Between the Lines has named term limited Saginaw-area state Senator Mike Goschka "Creep of the Week." It's not hard to see why - just read this editorial from the Saginaw News. "Creep" is perhaps too gentle a term for this member of the Michigan Senate. Here's a few highlights.

State Sen. Mike Goschka has worn his religious faith on his sleeve as long as he's revolved in Lansing politics. So it was no surprise the Saginaw County Republican supported a resolution last week asking the state Supreme Court to intervene in a lower court ruling allowing the state to extend health-care benefits to gay and lesbian couples. His response to constituents on the divisive issue, however, was inflammatory and condemnable.

"Simply put, no homosexual or lesbian union is ever appropriate," Goschka responded to more than one constituent. Further punctuating his view, he added: "Rather, it is utter perversity."

Later, when a gay rights group asked for an apology, the senator refused and retorted: "They should apologize for their lifestyle and tolerating something so terrible."


Goschka's faith and its tenets, as he understands them, are his own to hold. But Christian denominations and individual Christians, undoubtedly many who consider themselves as committed to their faith as the senator, are divided on the issue of gay rights and same-sex unions.

Goschka's response vilified, condemned and attempted to silence gays and their supporters. Expressing opposition to state-paid benefits for same-sex couples is one thing; characterizing it as "perversity" and decrying tolerance for gays and lesbians as "terrible" aren't going to further the debate.

He also holds an extremely limited definition of a family. He told the Saginaw Valley State University employee that he believed a "legitimate family, as ordained by God, can only exist between a man and a woman within the context of marriage."

Would that make single-parent families illegitimate? Are non-custodial parents who remain active in their children's lives wrong to consider themselves part of a family? Apparently, under Goschka's definition. (emphasis added)

Okay, Senator Goschka: you want to talk about religion? How about this one?

"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven"

-Jesus Christ, Luke 6:37

To put it another way, Senator: "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"...

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From Laramie, WY:  I find a certain degree of irony in the timing of Senator Goschka's comments.  Yesterday, October 12, was the 7th anniversary of Matt Shepard's death.  The political establishment saying that tolerance of homosexuals is "terrible" is not progress.  It promotes the attitudes that injure thousands of homosexuals a year and, seven years ago, killed an innocent kid.

I don't mean to preach, here, but Senator Goschka should remember that Saginaw, just like the rest of MidMichigan, does have a gay population, and that it is his responsibility to serve that constituency just like everyone else, regardless of who they sleep with.  

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