House GOPer: No funding for sex-changes because "I like being a boy"

"I don't want to pay for a sex-change operation," said Rep. Paul Broun

By Jillian Rayfield
April 8, 2013 10:57PM (UTC)
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Georgia Rep. Paul Broun doesn't want to have to pay for a sex-change operation. "I like being a boy," he said last week.

From the Huffington Post:

"I don't want to pay for a sex-change operation," Broun told town hall attendees, presumably referring to a proposal, scrapped by the Obama administration late last month, that would have allowed gender reassignment surgeries to be covered under Medicare and Medicaid. "I'm not interested. I like being a boy."

The comments, first reported by the Barrow County News, are somewhat comparable to those made recently by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, also a Republican from Georgia, who said that he doesn't support gay marriage because "I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one."

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Broun is running for Chambliss' seat when he retires in 2014.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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