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Jetton Fought To Keep Ban On Gay Sex, Calling It 'Deviate Sexual Intercourse'

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In a 2007 op-ed he wrote for the Southeast Missourian newspaper, Jetton explained why he had recently removed Rep. Scott Lipke, a fellow Republican, as chair of the Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety. Lipke, he wrote, had sponsored and handled a bill to protect children from sexual predators, which Jetton supported.

But, wrote Jetton:

Lipke chose to use the bill to delete 14 words from our laws in order to repeal the gay sex ban in Missouri.

Thanks to that deletion, it is now legal to engage in deviate sexual intercourse with someone of the same sex here in Missouri. This law had been on our books for decades.

As a result, Jetton stripped Lipke of his chairmanship. "It was a tough decision," Jetton wrote, "but Lipke's actions left me with no choice."

Jetton added: "I have fought attempts by liberals to repeal the gay sex ban for years."