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GRAND RAPIDS PRESS — Gary Glenn says gay employees are bad hires because of health risks

July 6, 2011
“Being the ‘best and brightest’ is not defined by engaging in homosexual behavior, specifically because it’s not bright to engage in behavior medically associated with dramatically increased personal health risks,” (Christian rights activist Gary) Glenn alleged. People who are gay or lesbian are at ‘dramatically higher risk of mental illness and substance abuse and AIDS and cancer and hepatitis,’ he said during his radio interview about gay marriage with Linda Harvey of Mission America on July 2.

Glenn’s comments were targeted at office-furniture maker Herman Miller and other Holland-area companies that have said the City Council’s vote against expanding its anti-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation will hurt their efforts to recruit and retain the most talented employees.

‘What ridiculous folly to suggest that only those individuals who engage in homosexual behavior — given all of its severe medical consequences — constitute the best and the brightest,’ Glenn said. …’My point was to mock the suggestion that engaging in homosexual behavior defines a potential job applicant as the ‘best and brightest,’ he said.”

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GRAND RAPIDS PRESS
Grand Rapids, Michigan
July 6, 2011

Conservative Christian activist Gary Glenn says gay
employees are bad hires because of health risks

by Shandra Martinez / The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Christian rights activist Gary Glenn says he wants to set the record straight after his comments about gay employees during a conservative radio show were picked up by liberal media outlets.

He didn’t say gay workers shouldn’t be hired but rather suggested they are not the “best and brightest” employees.

“Being the ‘best and brightest’ is not defined by engaging in homosexual behavior, specifically because it’s not bright to engage in behavior medically associated with dramatically increased personal health risks,” Glenn alleged.

People who are gay or lesbian are at “dramatically higher risk of mental illness and substance abuse and AIDS and cancer and hepatitis,” he said during his radio interview about gay marriage with Linda Harvey of “Mission America” on July 2.

Glenn’s comments were targeted at office-furniture maker Herman Miller and other Holland-area companies that have said the City Council’s vote against expanding its anti-discriminatory ordinance to include sexual orientation will hurt their efforts to recruit and retain the most talented employees.

“What ridiculous folly to suggest that only those individuals who engage in homosexual behavior given all of its severe medical consequences constitute the best and the brightest,” Glenn said.

While Glenn didn’t say gays shouldn’t be hired, Harvey did during the interview: “I would not think of a homosexual person as a good employment risk, I just wouldn’t.”

So why do the comments of Glenn, who lives in Midland, matter in Holland?

Glenn is offering to fund the campaigns of candidates running against City Council members who voted in favor of expanding the ordinance. Glenn is quick to point out that effort is done under his role as chairman of the Campaign for Michigan Families, a political action committee.

“My point was to mock the suggestion that engaging in homosexual behavior defines a potential job applicant as the ‘best and brightest,’” he said.

Those who support expanding the ordinance are focusing their efforts on trying to convince one of the five council members who voted against it to change his or her vote rather than trying to put the issue on the ballot.

Glenn says his and Harvey’s comments were edited and don’t include the sources he says that back up his contention that gay employees have more health issues than heterosexual employees.

“We are not talking abut a matter of opinions but scientific facts from mainstream organizations, the Center for Disease Control and by openly homosexual organizations,” said Glenn. “These facts are not in dispute.”

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2011/07/conservative_christian_activis.html
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