A Missouri lawmaker on Thursday strongly condemned one of his Republican counterparts for efforts to keep transgender athletes out of youth sports.
Gay State Assemblyman Ian Mackey (D) delivered the emotionally charged message to State Assemblyman Chuck Basye (R) during a hearing on a Basye-proposed amendment that would allow school districts to vote on bans on transgender athletes.
Mackey challenged Basye to think about his relationship with his own brother, who is also gay.
“Your brother wanted to tell you he was gay, didn’t he?” Mackey pressured Basye, who replied yes, his brother “thought we would blame him and not let my kids around him” — although that wasn’t the case said Basye.
“May I tell you, if I were your brother, I would have been afraid to tell you too?” Mackey replied. “I would have been afraid to tell you about things like that, because that’s what you focus on. That is the legislation you want to propose. That costs you time. I would have been afraid to tell you too. I was afraid people like you would grow up.”
Mackey said the school district where he grew up, in Hickory County, Missouri, would “vote tomorrow” to implement such a ban. The state legislature represents portions of St. Louis County.
“Thank God I made it,” he said. “I think every day of the kids who are still there, who didn’t make it, who couldn’t escape this kind of bigotry.”
Footage of his remarks has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media over the past day.
“Gentlemen, I’m not afraid of you anymore because you’re going to lose,” Mackey told his colleagues who support the amendment, raising his voice. “You can win this today, but you will lose.”
Basye called Mackey a “loudmouth crybaby” and said the exchange “didn’t do it [faze] me at all” in an email to HuffPost:
Salesman Mackey is a loudmouth crybaby. He campaigned on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives. He’s worried about his re-election, and his rhetoric during the debate has absolutely nothing to do with the amendment I offered to House Bill 2140. During the three-hour debate, the Radical Democrats attacked my character and made many slanderous allegations! It didn’t phase me at all, I went home afterwards, enjoyed a delicious glass of Maker’s 46 Bourbon, then lay down and slept like a baby! !
Basye’s amendment was finally passed 89:40 after almost three hours of debate.
More than a dozen states have now passed laws restricting transgender students’ participation in sports. Several states enacted them this year.
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