Tea Party leader demands class action lawsuit against homosexuality

Rick Scarborough and Peter LaBarbera would also like to see the media "step out and support the ex-gays"

By Katie McDonough

Published October 18, 2013 3:51PM (EDT)

Rick Scarborough    (YouTube)
Rick Scarborough (YouTube)

Rick Scarborough of Tea Party Unity and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality would like to join forces and file a class action lawsuit against homosexuality.

Yes, they really, really want to do that.

"Peter, the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit," Scarborough says. "I just wonder if you’ve explored that, talked to anyone about it. Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that. Any thoughts on that kind of an approach?"

"Yeah I think that’s great," LaBarbera responds. "I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that."

The pair also discussed the media's reluctance to "step out and support these ex-gays" rather than "do the pro-gay thing," and called on Fox News to lead the way.

You can listen to the exchange here:

h/t Right Wing Watch

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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