In a speech you thought you'd only see in the form of an email from your crazy uncle, a man testified before the Minnesota state House committee hearing on their proposed same-sex marriage bill saying that same-sex marriage would lead to the spread of AIDS (and that it was a “health risk to the society at large”). The man in question - Mike Frey - is a self-proclaimed "concerned Minnesotan father and husband" lacking any sort of legal, medical, or epistemological background on same sex marriage (and presumably about the LGBT community in general by the way he speaks). That didn't stop him from hitting forward on that conspiracy theory email as he sent it into the real world for everyone to witness.
One of the more interesting things that Frey said - outside of his hate-mongering - is that the vagina has a “barrier...of a cellular tissue that doesn’t allow the sperm...to penetrate the blood flow.”
Outside of that, Frey claims that even though LGBT people may be allowed to get married, they still engage in sodomy (which, he points out, is against their state law). Despite the fact that the Supreme Court has stuck down LGBT sodomy laws, and despite the fact that he thinks sodomy as an argument against marriage is valid, let's continue. It gets more interesting (and by interesting, I mean frighteningly graphic and hilarious). Apparently, AIDS is caused by the lack of absorption of semen by lack of female enzymes in the colon.
Let's even set aside for the moment that women are just as susceptible to HIV/AIDS as men, and that the disease does not "belong" to any particular sexual orientation. Let's look at the core of his argument: he believes having AIDS should exclude someone from being able to get married, plain and simple. If that's not backwards, uneducated, and hateful, I don't know what is.
If you can stomach it, the video is embedded below. For what it's worth, after the Minnesota same sex marriage legislation made it out of state Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 5 to 3 yesterday, and will now head to the full Senate floor.