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The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians  

Tatyana Lewis
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List Rules U.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.

Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians
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 "Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a 'discrete and insular minority' entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities." - Mike Pence, 2000

Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

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Michele Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians
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“They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.” - Michele Bachmann's response to a high school student who asked, "Why can't same-sex couples get married?" in 2011

 

Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians
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"They are misquoting me. I said I didn’t hate people who engage in homosexual behavior... I simply said by legalizing it you are opening the door to many other things such as bestiality, child molestation, and abortion. See... these things are all interconnected. Where are the limits? Today we legalize gay marriage in New York... next who knows what will be legalized? Laws exist for a reason." - Sarah Palin, 2011 

Birthplace: Sandpoint, Idaho, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

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Rick Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians
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"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, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

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