Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill said that Americans’ preoccupation with “homosexual activities” is destroying the U.S. according to NBC News. Merrill is now running for Senate against Senator Doug Jones.
“The foundational principles which we have grown up as a nation are no more,” Merrill said at a Fort Payne town hall. “There are no more good TV shows on like ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Bonanza,’ ‘The Virginian,’ ‘Andy Griffith,’ ‘I Love Lucy.’ We don’t have those shows anymore. We’re too interested in homosexual activities.”
In a follow-up interview, he said: “What you have today is you have more interest in homosexual activities, you have interest in wife-swapping, and who’s dating who, and how this family is messing with this other family, and those things substitute for entertainment value.”
As an example of Americans’ fixation with “homosexuality activities,” Merrill pointed to the media attention given to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup win this month.
“That’s exactly what I’m talking about,” he said. “What the national media chose to focus on is the fact that these young ladies’ sexual orientation was more significant than what they accomplished on the field of play.”
“The national narrative began to be one of divisiveness, and if you can’t support these young ladies because they’re gay and because they want to wear the LGBT flag on their uniform, as opposed to just appreciating the great talent that they have, and the unbelievable athletic accomplishments that they produce, that's a problem,” Merrill said.
Merrill said he would never want to take away the rights that people in Alabama have to be openly gay.
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