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Kern's comments spark debate



Recent comments made by state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, regarding homosexuals flared a nationwide response.

When the legislator was speaking before a Republican group back in January, a member of the audience secretly recorded her remarks. The audio was posted on YouTube.

"The homosexual agenda is destroying this nation; it's just a fact," Kern said, according to the recording. "I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam."

Kern's comments have been denounced across the country, but in Oklahoma, very little has been said about her words by her fellow legislators.

House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, told The Oklahoman he will not censure Kern. The Tulsa World quoted Kern saying she received a standing ovation from her Republican caucus members.

Openly gay Rep. Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City, has spoken to the press about his displeasure with Kern's statements. But his fellow Democrats in the House have remained silent.

McAffrey told the Gazette the caucus asked him if he wanted it to issue a statement, but he said no.

"I fight my own battles pretty well," McAffrey said. "Scott Cooper


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