The president of the Iowa Family Policy Center, a group that opposes marriage equality, released a statement that made gay sex appear to be a health menace.
“The Iowa Legislature outlawed smoking in an effort to improve health and reduce the medical costs that are often passed on to the state,” Chuck Hurley said, according to the Des Moines Register. “The secondhand impacts of certain homosexual acts are arguably more destructive, and potentially more costly to society than smoking. … Homosexual activity is certainly more dangerous for the individuals who engage in it than is smoking.”
Hurley cited a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that showed a higher number of gay and bisexual men have HIV and syphilis. The report made no mention of smoking.
Hurley believes Iowa’s passage of same-sex marriage will lead to higher HIV and syphilis rates in the state.