"Be the kind of person who makes Mike Pence leave."
Thursday, May 1, 2014
More the case that he's gonna be the butt of a lot of jokes
When he learned that South Dakota is poised to become the latest state to face a legal challenge against its same-sex marriage ban, Steve Hickey was inspired to take action.
The Republican state House representative and pastor submitted a letter to the editor this week to the Argus Leader, South Dakota's largest newspaper. He titled it "A One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck" and challenged the "medical and psychological communities" to weigh in on the matter.
"I'm asking the doctors who practice in our state, is the science really settled on this issue or is it more the case that you feel silenced and intimidated?" Hickey wrote in the letter, which he posted on his Facebook page.
He said he's "a little sore" about the negative feedback he's received for the letter, but that he didn't enter the debate "with any naiveté." The reaction, he said, is par for the course for supporters of marriage equality.