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article imageGOP bails on S.C nominee after he calls homosexuals 'gremlins'

By Greta McClain     Oct 22, 2014 in Politics
A South Carolina Republican vying for a U.S. congressional seat apparently believes gays and lesbians should be kept out of the light, never given any water and most importantly, never fed after midnight; they are "gremlins" after all.
Anthony Culler, the Republican nominee for South Carolina's Sixth U.S. Congressional District, made his opinion known in a Facebook post last week, and defended his comments in a seven-minute video posted on Monday.
Culler began his lengthy October 14th post by saying "Same-sex 'marriage' is a pestilence that has descended on our society." He continues by referring to the call for marriage equality as an "insidious plan" that "has been systematically implemented with the principals paying little attention to set-backs and delays." Culler goes on to warn voters not to "buy the 'cuteness'" before
Anthony Culler s Facebook post calling gays and lesbians  gremlins .
Anthony Culler's Facebook post calling gays and lesbians "gremlins".
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"Same-sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are NOT cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life."
Culler had called for the head of the South Carolina GOP, Matt Moore, to express his opinion on the matter, saying:
A republican nominee under fire for defending the Republican Party Platform on the sanctity of marriage being between one man and one woman and the leadership within the South Carolina Republican Party is silent?
What say you SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore?
Moore's response was undoubtedly not what Culler was hoping for.
Moore denounced the comments, saying "most people learned in kindergarten not to call other people names." He went on to call Cullers comments "desperate, attention-seeking antics" and said the comments were not a representation of the "good, decent" people of South Carolina. Moore also said the the GOP will not actively support Culler's bid to defeat the incumbent Democratic Congressman, Jim Clyburn.
Following the denouncement from his own party, Culler became even more vehement in his stance, posting a video on Facebook. In the video, he describes what he believes are the similarities between gay people and the furry monsters depicted in the Gremlins movie. According to Culler, the movie gremlins had to be kept out of sunlight, and gays and lesbians cannot get into the "sons" light.
Culler's attempt to defend himself and his comments does not appear to be working. In a statement issued by the prominent conservative women's group, Concerned Women for America, the group's, Penny Nance, called Culler's comments "unkind, foolish verbal vomit." She continued by saying:
"Anthony Culler has neither the temperament nor the judgment to thoughtfully represent the good people of the 6th district of South Carolina, and he certainly doesn't represent the millions of Americans who support traditional marriage. As Americans, we should be able to debate this issue in a civil tone, making the case for our beliefs without being treated as 'a pestilence,' a 'gremlin,' or a 'bigot.' There are thoughtful people making high-level arguments for the importance of traditional marriage and against. Name callers distract and marginalize both perspectives."
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