Speaker Mike Johnson Responds ‘Go Pick up a Bible’ in Response to Questions About Homophobic Views

By: Georgia | Last updated: Nov 04, 2023

The newly appointed Republican US House speaker, Mike Johnson, recently found himself at the center of attention due to his expressed views on the LGBTQ+ community. 

As controversy surrounded him,  Johnson  referred to the Bible, suggesting it encapsulated the foundation of his beliefs and perspective on the matter.

Johnson Clarifies His Stance

Amid Controversy Mike Johnson emphasized his affection towards everyone, regardless of their life choices. 

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Seeking to clarify his position, Johnson highlighted that his opinions and views have always been deeply influenced by his Christian faith and the values outlined in the Bible.

Unwavering Faith Defines Johnson's Perspective

When presented with questions about his perspective on an array of issues, Johnson consistently pointed towards the Bible as his guiding compass. 

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He conveyed that his worldviews are entrenched in his personal faith and added that he stands firm in his beliefs, irrespective of external scrutiny.

Navigating Political Shifts to Speakership

Mike Johnson’s rise to the position of Republican US House speaker came after Kevin McCarthy’s ejection. 

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Before embarking on his congressional journey, Johnson was deeply associated with Christian right-wing groups. His pre-Congress endeavors showcased a history of championing and promoting staunch conservative beliefs and values.

Scrutiny Over Johnson's Association with ADF

Johnson’s previous ties to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) have become a focal point of attention. 

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has categorized the ADF as a hate group. However, the organization itself has vehemently disputed and rejected this classification.

ADF's Positions on LGBTQ+ Rights under Spotlight

The Alliance Defending Freedom has, over the years, advocated for views that include the potential recriminalization of LGBTQ+ acts. 

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There have been concerns expressed by various quarters about ADF’s perceived impact on traditional Christian values and broader societal norms, given their strong stances.


Confronting Johnson's Past Statements

During an interview, Sean Hannity sought clarifications from Mike Johnson regarding his historical comments related to homosexuality and marriage rights. 

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Johnson responded by referencing his involvement in upholding state marriage amendments, indicating that his legal stances were aligned with his personal beliefs.


Johnson’s Prior Comments Brought to Light

In an investigative endeavor, CNN brought to light old editorials penned by Johnson. Within these documents, Johnson made several categorical statements regarding homosexuality. 

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He termed it as unnatural and voiced potential legal and societal concerns stemming from the acceptance of same-sex relationships.


The National Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

Historically, Mike Johnson expressed apprehensions regarding same-sex marriages. 

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However, reflecting a broader societal shift, same-sex marriage was officially legalized across the entirety of the United States in the year 2015, marking a significant milestone in LGBTQ+ rights.


Biden's Legislative Push for LGBTQ+ Protection

In a landmark decision in December 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law a piece of legislation aimed at safeguarding the rights of same-sex marriages in the US. 

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This pivotal action was widely perceived as a robust affirmation of the dignity, rights, and societal acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.


Johnson’s Views in Historical Court Cases

In the historically significant 2003 case, Lawrence v Texas, Mike Johnson supported maintaining bans on homosexual acts. 

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He posited that if such bans were overturned, it could potentially pave the way for a slew of unforeseen and unintended consequences in the legal and societal domains.


The Evolving National Conversation on LGBTQ+ Rights

As the nation continues to grapple with and discuss Mike Johnson’s beliefs and views, the overarching conversation about LGBTQ+ rights remains dynamic and ever-evolving.

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The nation, its leaders, and its citizens keenly await the trajectory this critical conversation will take in the coming days.