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YOU just know that anyone who can claim that it is virtually impossible to contract HIV through heterosexual sex is a fool of the first order.

Yet some people seem to think that Stacey Campfield, 42, a ginger, blue-eyed state legislator in Tennessee, is someone to be taken seriously – so seriously that an anti-gay bill he authored last year was passed this week by a House education subcommittee.


Stacey’s “Don’t say gay” bill aims to outlaw informing Tennessee kids about homosexuality before they reach the ninth grade. Campfield insists his bill, which would limit class discussions to "natural human reproduction science" in public schools, is necessary because homosexuality is more dangerous than heterosexuality.


He recently incorrectly asserted on a satellite radio talk show that the HIV epidemic began when a gay airline employee had sex with a monkey. His statements have earned him national attention and the ire of gay rights supporters both nationally and locally: A restaurant in his hometown of Knoxville recently refused to serve him.


When the Catholic Republican wingnut walked into the Bistro at the Bijou restaurant for brunch he was blunly told he wasn't welcome by owner Martha Boggs, who said:


He's gone from being stupid to dangerous. It was just my way of standing up to a bully.


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