Mississippi Lawmaker Gets Death Threats After Criticizing Obama's SSM Move


The Clarion Ledger:

A state legislator is asking authorities to investigate death threats allegedly made against him and his family related to his online comments concerning same-sex marriage.

"We got several death threats on Saturday left on the answering machine," said Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton.

Gipson had posted May 10 on his Facebook account his response to President Barack Obama's public support of same-sex marriage. Over the weekend, the comments went viral when several national blogs and online publications - including The Huffington Post - started linking to them.

...The Huffington Post posted a headline suggesting Gipson was calling for the death of homosexuals. The Leviticus passage talks about putting to death two men having sexual relations.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," Gipson said in a news release. "I have never publicly or privately called for the killing of any people."

Gipson also defended his comments on Facebook.

"What I did intend and did say is that the Bible clearly defines homosexual conduct as morally wrong - a sin," Gipson posted in response.

Gipson said he's most concerned with the threats in which his family members are listed.