A member of Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan’s transition team in a 2006 newspaper column appeared to compare gays to pedophiles and serial killers.
“The homosexual lobby is desperately and relentlessly trying to parlay the public’s tolerance into the acceptance of homosexuality as normal,” wrote Blair Lee in a column that ran in the Gazette newspapers on June 23, 2006. “After all, if God made homosexuals then homosexuality must be normal, right? Sorry, just because God created you doesn’t mean you’re normal. God created pedophiles and serial killers, too.”
Lee made the comparison in response to then-Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s decision to remove Bob Smith from the Metro board after describing gay men as “persons of sexual deviancy” during a talk show segment on marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Lee wrote in his column that then-state Del. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), whom he described as a “homosexual activist,” saw the segment and sent a tape of it to gay D.C. Council member Jim Graham.
Lee said that Graham, who is also a member of the Metro board at the time, “decided to ambush Smith at the next Metro board meeting.”
“He tipped off the press, issued an embargoed statement and then, in the middle of a budget discussion, demanded that Smith either disavow his comments or resign from the board,” wrote Lee.
Lee said that Ehrlich “cut Smith loose” amid a “tricky re-election year” during which he was “besieged daily by a hostile, biased media.”
Several readers of the Gazette newspapers strongly objected to Lee’s column.
“I was shocked and sickened when I read Blair Lee’s column about the firing of Bob Smith,” wrote Linda D. McKeegan of Baltimore in a letter the newspaper published on its website on June 30, 2006. “His column was hateful and ridiculous by comparing homosexuals to pedophiles and serial killers.”
“There is simply no excuse for his comparison of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to serial killers and pedophiles,” said Sarna Marcus of Silver Spring. “Homosexuality does not predispose one toward sexually and psychological preying upon children or toward murdering someone.”
Lee described gay sex as ‘moral sin’ in 2012
Lee, a Montgomery County Democrat who is board chair of the Lee Development Group in Silver Spring, is the son of former Acting Gov. Blair Lee, III.
He described gay sex as a “mortal sin” in an Oct. 26, 2012, column that urged residents to vote against Maryland’s same-sex marriage law in a referendum. Voters a week later upheld the statute.
Lee earlier this week defended his 2012 comments during a telephone interview with the Washington Blade.
Hogan earlier this month stunned political observers when he defeated Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown in Maryland’s gubernatorial race. The Republican on Monday tapped Lee to join his transition team as a general adviser.
Hogan during an August interview said his position on marriage rights for same-sex couples had “evolved.” The Republican also said he would not seek to repeal Maryland’s gay nuptials law.
Lee on Tuesday described the issue to the Blade as “settled law.”
The Montgomery County Young Democrats on Wednesday called upon Hogan to remove Lee from his transition team, saying in a press release that he expressed “extreme homophobic views that do not view all Marylanders as equal.”
Neither Lee nor Hogan responded to the Blade’s request for comment about the 2006 column.