The State House minority leader and the state GOP say the views of a Colorado Springs representative do not reflect how they feel about the Boy Scouts of America.
State House LGBT committee members asked Colorado Republicans to condemn statements from Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt regarding the Boy Scouts of America.
The Republican recorded an online video after the Boy Scouts formally ended its ban on gay Scout leaders this week.
"The children are in danger. It’s not about the sexual pleasure of the adults," Klingenschmitt says, wincing. "It should be about protecting the innocent children."
He then quotes Matthews 18:6, and says gay Scout leaders will harm children, and encourage them to sin.
"This is what Jesus said about child molesters, ‘If you're going to cause a child to sin, it’d be better if you just had a millstone hung around your neck and you were drowned in the depths of the sea.'"
Further, he prays, asking for God to rescue the children and the Boy Scouts organization, for thumbing its nose at God.
The House LGBT Caucus has called on Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso of Loveland, as well as the rest of the House Republicans, to denounce the commentary and take further action.
"Gordon Klingenschmitt is inciting physical violence against scoutmasters for their sexual orientation, plain and simple. This type of language is hateful and certainly below the station of any elected official, especially in 2015," a statement from the Caucus said.
Members of the LGBT committee are Co-Chairs Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, and Reps. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, and Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo.
Wednesday afternoon, Asst. Minority Leader Polly Lawrence issued this statement:
“As we have said before, even though Rep. Klingenschmitt is the duly-elected representative for House District 15, he does not speak for the House Republicans. Rep. Klingenschmitt’s inflammatory rhetoric was once again hurtful and does not represent the views of our caucus.”
The Colorado GOP wrote this to 7NEWS:
“We strongly condemn Gordon Klingenschmitt’s highly offensive comments. As we’ve said in the past, Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Party, nor do his words reflect our Party’s values.”
The quick condemnations are far from coincidence.
"The words of one member can hurt the whole party,” said University of Denver political scientist Peter Hanson.
"This is a necessity. This about the political survival of Republicans in the state. And they simply can't survive as a successful statewide party embracing the kind of rhetoric we heard,” said Hanson.
Representative Klingenschmitt’s phone went to voicemail when contacted by 7NEWS.
"When you advocate for violence or death against a particular group of people, just for being who they are, loving who they love, that's not consistent with who we are as a state," said Dave Montez, president of One Colorado.
In the spring, Klingenschmitt was removed, and then reinstated to the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee after comments he made about a woman whose fetus was cut from her body by a woman who lured the victim to her home with an ad for baby clothes. He called the attack on Michelle Wilkins a "curse of God" for the state’s refusal to approve a "personhood"law, which would confer legal rights on an unborn fetus. Wilkins survived but her unborn child did not.