Sen. John Eichelberger was on RadioTimes on Friday to discuss legislation relating to marriage. Close to the end of the program he made this statement regarding gays and lesbian:
Leach: Should our only policy towards [same-sex] couples be one of punishment, to somehow prove that they’ve done something wrong?
Eichelberger: They’re not being punished. We’re allowing them to exist, and do what every American can do. We’re just not rewarding them with any special designation.
When I heard this it was so outrageous I listened to the podcast and, indeed, that is exactly what he said. Allowing them to exist? What does that mean? If he decides gays shouldn't exist will they all disappear, perhaps with the help of people who agree with Eichelberger? They're being allowed to do what every American can do? How nice, especially for those who are American citizens.
Let's hope it was just unfortunate wording on his part, but words have meaning and his wording speaks volumes.
Keystone Progress has set up a webpage that will help you send a note to Sen. Eichelberger should you wish to express an opinion on his remarks.