Tennessee Sen. Stacey Campfield is continuing his career-long crusade against homosexuality and gay rights.
Last week, Campfield made some shocking revelations about the origins of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on a satellite radio show.
The Knoxville Republican attributed the virus’ spread to “one guy screwing a monkey,” while debating the issue with a Michealangelo Singorile, a gay rights activist with a radio show on Sirius with his namesake.
“My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted],” he said.
His remarks counter recent findings by Canadian infectious disease specialist Jacques Pepin, who discovered that the first case of HIV simian-human transmission was the result of a hunter in the 1930’s ingesting tainted monkey flesh in his book, Origin of AIDS.
Campfield is the same Tennessee lawmaker who spearheaded the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” Bill which passed the state’s Senate last year, but not the Tennessee House.
“I personally believe it’s up to the parents to decide when their child is mature enough to talk about these issues,” Campfield said. Campfield cited one of the reasons for his anti-gay tirades as being a societal “glorification of the homosexual lifestyle.”
In December, 18-year-old Jacob Rogers from Tennessee committed suicide just months before his high school graduation.
“He started coming home his senior year saying ‘I don’t want to go back,’” recalls one of Rogers’ guidance counselors.
“Everyone is so mean. They call me a faggot, they call me gay, a queer,” he said.
Rogers’ death was followed by another suicide: 14-year-old Phillip Parker, also from Tennessee took his life.
Campfield did not acknowledge either of the incidents in his interview, adding that the state should not include LGBT stipulations in its existing bullying laws.