Republican Steve Hickey, who also is a Sioux Falls pastor, has received both praise and backlash for his remarks. He believes people are tired of hearing the religious argument against homosexuality and wants medical professionals to come forward to explain the health risks of homosexual activity.
The South Dakota Democratic Party has called the remarks “reprehensible.”
Hickey told the Argus Leader he “could have spent more time to be more precise.” But he also said he believes homosexuality is a “deviation” from “biology and nature.”
Hickey says if people object to his views they can, in his words -- “vote me out.”
Town prayer case challengers: The debate matters
GREECE, N.Y. (AP) - The upstate New York residents who challenged their town board’s prayer practice before the nation’s highest court say their disappointment in losing is softened by the dialogue the case has inspired.
A day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision upholding Christian prayers at the start of Greece Town Board meetings, Linda Stephens and Susan Galloway say they’ll continue to push the board to be more inclusive as it schedules people to deliver the prayers.
Both say they are happy to see the debate their case has generated around the country, where it’s been a top news story and has generated thousands of online comments.
Muslim college wrestler gets waiver to keep beard
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Muslim college wrestler in New York who chose to sit on the sidelines rather than shave his beard has been granted a waiver that will allow him to compete with the facial hair.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday praised the NCAA’s decision in the case of University at Buffalo wrestler Muhamed McBryde.
NCAA rules say that wrestlers must be clean shaven. But McBryde says shaving his beard would compromise his faith. He missed nearly a whole season of competition because of the conflict.
In April, the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee said McBryde could compete with a beard during the 2014-15 season, as long as he wears a face mask and chin strap to cover it.