Democracy, for all its wondrous benefits, comes at a high price sometimes, one of the costs being the fact that, from time to time, those elected to represent us don't represent us at all. In the worst case, they do or say things that offend us. So it is with Dick Roeding, a Lakeside Park Republican who has been in the Kentucky Senate since 1991.
This week, Roeding mixed himself up in the University of Louisville's decision to offer health benefits to domestic partners, and in so doing the senator came across as a bigot unfit for further public service.
"I find this very repulsive,'' Roeding said of U of L's plans, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. And he continued: "I don't want to entice any of those people into our state. Those are the wrong kind of people.''
Let's hear it again: The wrong kind of people.
In case you're thinking Roeding was misquoted, or that those statements don't reflect his genuine sentiments, consider what he said when a Kentucky Post reporter called to get his reaction to criticism of his remarks from the Republican Log Cabin organization. "Who are they?'' Roeding asked our reporter. Told they were a gay rights organization within the GOP, Roeding said, "Oh, a bunch of queers.'' Click here to read full article.