Florida state Rep. Mike Hill laughs about executing gay people

State Rep, Mike Hill. Colin Hackley photo

A North Florida state lawmaker was recorded joking about executing gay people at a political meeting in Pensacola.

In the recording, Republican Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola talks about how being gay is “a choice” and “a behavior” and that gay people don’t deserve the same type of civil rights protection under the law as is offered for religion or race.

A citizen says: “In 1 Corinthians, it says that a man who has an affair with another man will be put to death.”

Hill responds: “It says that in the Old Testament, too.”

Another citizen asks: “Can you introduce legislation?”

Hill starts laughing along with others in the room and says: “I wonder how that would go over?”

The recording was posted online by the Pensacola News Journal and by the New Civil Rights Movement website. The News Journal reported that it was recorded at a meeting of a Pensacola-based group called Women for Responsible Legislation.

Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

19 COMMENTS

  1. It’s not funny. Whoever started this regarding gay people to kill them is sick. Just asked homophobic pence. Let’s fight this moron. You laugh but its not funny. Vote him out. Figure it’s in the south.

  2. IIf we’ve rejected what the Bible says about slavery – why not what it says about homosexuality too?

  3. Hill is an evil bigot who should be tossed out of office on his homophobic arse. What kind of people do you have down there?

  4. A group of very religious men. How safe it makes one feel to know they are following LAWS. Very disgusting to say the least. All I see anymore is vile, evil people coming out of the elected Republicans and it is frightening. I cannot be the only person who sees this. It seems trump brought them all out. If he can say it………so can they. It’s horrible, these “GOD loving” people.

  5. When will people wake up. The Bible was written by men over a long period of time. Whatever created us had a variety of models…
    WAKE UP

  6. We need to understand that ignorance is the root cause of suffering in the world. We are called to find the truth within since we are created in the image and likeness of the Divine.

  7. Let’s start by saying this. He’s an Uncle Tom trying to look good for the white Republican men. He also is trying to get women and doctors in prison for abortions. He said “God talks to him”. The only person talking to him is Satan. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Get this insane embecile out of politics.

  8. Hill’s response/defense is essentially: We were only JOKING about killing all gay people!! It’s just a joke!
    Not sure which is worse. Believe me! This man would LOVE to get legislation passed that requires killing all gay people. I guess in Mr. Hill’s circles, “joking” about murdering all gay people is as normal as breathing.
    Talk about malformed!

  9. Funny how the most outspoken Islamophobes going on and on about Sharia law are the same ones who want everyone else to live by the rules in *their* book of fairy tales.

  10. If they keep this hate routine up, the country will eventually have another civil war. We are NOT putting up with it.

  11. Disgusting! Our state legislature is nothing more than a bunch of ignorant, impotent, do-nothing elected officials. Vote them out and get people in office who have the welfare of their constituents at the forefront of their mind. Not big money. Ignorance is no excuse for how they spend their time when in Tallahassee.

  12. Interesting that this African/American politician is pro-execution of a group of people he doesn’t like. Hmmmm . . . seems he slept through History class in high school, or he didn’t listen to the stories about his ancestors being enslaved by “good Christian values” white folks, who though that people of color did not have souls, so it didn’t matter if you beat them or killed them when they displeased you. I’m as WASP as you can get and still be legal, and this man makes me want to vomit. If he is a “Christian,” I’m freaking Ghandi.

  13. Hillary Clinton was spot-on when she labled a certain segment of Americans as DEPLORABLES. And they’re all hail from the Rrepublican party. Go figure.

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