Lawyer aids anti-gay Minnesota lawmaker
Wednesday, March 19, 2003 / 04:49 PM
A noted Minnesota lawyer is defending a state legislator who outraged the gay and Jewish communities by alleging that gays were not victims of the Holocaust and that homosexuals were responsible for the rise of Adolf Hitler.
James R. Anderson says he will defend state Rep. Arlon Lindner, R-Corcoran, against an ethics complaint brought by Democratic lawmakers.
Anderson gained national notoriety more than a decade ago defending a Minnesota landlord who refused to rent an apartment to an unmarried heterosexual couple. In a case that went all the way to the state Supreme Court, Anderson successfully argued that the landlord's conservative Christian beliefs took precedence over the couple's rights under Minnesota's laws against discrimination.
Anderson said Tuesday that he was "absolutely thrilled to be representing Arlon."
"These phony ethics charges don't even rise to the level of silly," Anderson said. "This misuse of the House ethics process is intended solely to intimidate Arlon into dropping his defense of Minnesota Christians who oppose liberal efforts to promote the homosexual agenda which targets certain Christian religious beliefs."
The ethics complaint alleges Lindner's words violate a House rule prohibiting conduct that "violates acceptable norms of House behavior" and another barring conduct that "tends to bring the House into dishonor or disrepute."
Lindner made his anti-gay remarks during debate on a bill he is sponsoring that would repeal the state's human rights amendment that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Minnesotans from discrimination in employment, housing, education and other areas. The legislation also would remove sexual orientation as a protected class in hate crimes laws.
He has refused to apologize, claiming gays are "trying to rewrite history." Last week took to the floor of the House to defend his statements, adding AIDS patients and African Americans to the groups he has offended by saying he didn't want to "sit around here and wait until America becomes another African continent" with AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Anderson says he will defend Lindner at no charge and applauded the legislator for standing up to the "gay agenda."
Wonderful. A disgusting, corrupt lawyer defending someone who hates in the name of God. It is pathetic Anderson won the case against the heterosexual couple mentioned. Since when do religious beliefs take precedence over people's rights against discrimination? This is just scary.