South Dakota State Rep. Steve Hickey (R) is requesting that doctors and mental health professionals provide information on the dangers of anal sex.
Hickey is concerned that gay marriage could be legalized in his state because a lesbian couple is challenging South Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban, so he made his request in a letter to the Argus Leader newspaper, which has not published it yet.
However, Hickey posted his letter on his Facebook page, which read in part:
Consider this an open letter to the medical and psychological communities in South Dakota. The subject is homosexuality, which is about to be a front-page topic for the next few years in our state. 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?
Certainly there are board-certified doctors in our state who will attest to what seems self-evident to so many: gay sex is not good for the body or mind. Pardon a crude comparison but regarding men with men, we are talking about a one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down. Frankly, I’d question the judgment of doctor who says it’s all fine.
…If you don’t speak up, this issue will be decided by five unelected judges on the Supreme Court regardless of what states like ours have decided by public vote.