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The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians

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List RulesU.S. politicians who have used anti-gay rhetoric or who have pushed for legislation that takes rights away from the LGBT community

Who are the most anti-gay US politicians? The list is a long one, including politicians from both parties (though a majority are Republican). The politicians listed here have spoken out vocally against gay rights, most notably gay marriage.

Anti-gay politicians are the elected leaders whose rhetoric is often totally over-the-top against LGBT rights. Their voting record on key civil rights issues speaks for itself. Some of these conservative politicians are members of the US House of Representatives, while others are US Senators.

Former GOP presidential candidates are also on this list, including former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and former Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Both have been vocal and steadfast in their opposition to gay rights for years - Santorum even compared gay marriage to sex with dogs.

Who are the anti-gay politicians? This list features Republicans and Democrats against gay marriage.

For more information on anti-gay politicians and activists, check out this list of the top 15 anti-gay activists caught being gay. You might also be interested in these lists of Republican and Democratic sex scandals over the years.

  • "Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that. I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way." - Rick Perry when asked if homosexuality is a disorder in 2014

    • Birthplace: Paint Creek, Texas, USA
    • Party (if partisan): Republican Party
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    According to a Spartanburg Herald-Journal report on a Jim DeMint church rally in 2010: "DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend - she shouldn’t be in the classroom."

    • Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Party (if partisan): Republican Party
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  • "I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice [but to resist marriage equality]. They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law." - Mike Huckabee, 2015

    • Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, USA
    • Party (if partisan): Republican Party
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  • “But what I can say is that the state is not doing a service to the child and to society by not putting that child in a home where there is a mother and a father. This is common sense. This is nature. And what we’re trying to do is defy nature because a certain group of people want to be affirmed by society. And I just don’t think that’s to the benefit of society or to the child.” - Rick Santorum, 2011

    • Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia, USA
    • Party (if partisan): Republican Party
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