December 27th, 2013
08:50 AM ET
7 months ago

Alabama lawmaker to propose legislation backing 'Duck Dynasty' star

Updated 12/27/2013 at 2:20pm ET

(CNN) - The controversial comments about homosexuality made by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson have come up in conversations across the country in the past two weeks and may make its way to the Alabama state legislature next month.

Republican state Sen. Jerry Fielding plans to introduce a symbolic resolution in support of the Louisiana family's patriarch.

What Robertson said on homosexuality, Fielding told CNN Friday, is "supported by the biblical scriptures."

"For too long, the silent majority has remained silent when we ought to be speaking up" for what Fielding described as a Constitutional right to speak one's mind.

A&E suspended Robertson after he told GQ magazine in its January edition that homosexuality is a sin and put it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. The network's actions came after gay rights groups, such as the Human Rights Campaign, called on Robertson to step down.

The suspension ignited an uproar among those backing Robertson. An online petition against A&E, for example, surpassed its goal of gathering 250,000 signatures.

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In an interview Friday with CNN's Brianna Keilar on "Newsroom," Fielding made sure to note that he didn't agree with everything Robertson said, particularly his comments about race and comparing homosexuality to bestiality.

Instead, Fielding said it's important to speak up for those exercising "religious rights provided by the Constitution."

The senator earlier told CNN affiliate WBRC that the resolution was not meant to portray anti-gay messages.

"We just don't want people running over people that believe in the Bible and standing up for Jesus and God and doing those things the Scriptures teaches us to do," he said.

Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd, the only openly gay lawmaker in the Alabama state legislature, agreed Robertson has a right to express his religious beliefs, WBRC reported.

But the Democrat added, "it's not one of the most important things facing Alabama that we need to be taking time to even discuss in the legislature."

A fan of the show, she also said she wasn't surprised at all by his remarks.

"Yes, I've watched "Duck Dynasty." I thought it was quite amusing. I liked it. I still will continue to watch it," she said. "(For) most of us, it was like no big deal. Who cares? Yes, of course he thinks that.”

Todd told WBRC she expects Fielding's resolution to pass the state legislature.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    tom l wrote:

    At least I admit when I make a silly comment rather than just make something up to support what I say (a la Rudy).
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    The only person around here making stuff up is you. I suggest that you go back and read the posts. Here, I'll save you the effort.

    "I guess that explains why gun license holders in the NYC area were so upset about having their names and addresses published. They claimed that their homes were being burglarized and that the guns were being stolen. They feared burglars, despite owning guns "for protection." They realized that there is a difference between burglars and home invaders."

    "Lame. So very lame. And absolutely no foundation in logic nor reality. So, he's basically saying that criminals found out who had the guns and then went to that exact house to steal their guns???? Come on now, Sniffit. Even you have to acknowledge that lacks and logic. I know it's tough to crack on a guy from your team, but come on!!!! Really???"

    You fail to notice that I posted that people CLAIMED their homes were burglarized.
    You fail to notice that I posted that documented burglaries had no discernible connection.
    You fail to notice that I posted that many claims seemed false and unsubstantiated.
    We notice this type of stuff from you all of the time.

    December 27, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Thomas

    Biblically speaking, what Mr. Robertson had to say is completely supported

    Would Jesus watch Duck Dynasty ?

    I honestly dont know

    December 27, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Just google up the pics of them from before this whole thing."

    Leading to the question "what was A&E selling to begin with"? I am surprised the people these men are "trying" to represent aren't up in arms against the deceit being played against their own "reality". Millionaire dudes pretending to be hillbillies.

    Then again, maybe I am not surprised after all.

    December 27, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @Thomas "Biblically speaking, what Mr. Robertson had to say is completely supported"
    Maybe it does, maybe it does not. And Alabama should not be endorsing a particular religious sect through legislation.

    December 27, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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