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Sen. Tom Cotton: They hang you in Iran for being gay


STATE OF ARKANSAS. VERY DIFFERENT SUBJECT. THE GOVERNOR, ASA HUTCHINSON DECIDED HE WASN’T GOING TO SIGN INTO LAW THIS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILL, IN PART BASED ON WHAT’S GOING ON IN INDIANA RIGHT NOW. YOUR REACTION?>>WELL, WOLF, IN ARKANSAS, WE BELIEVE IN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. THAT’S ONE REASON WHY — >>EVERYBODY BELIEVES IN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. THE QUESTION IS THE DISCRIMINATION, POTENTIAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GAY AMERICANS.>>THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT WAS SIGNED BY FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR BILL CLINTON IN HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE. THESE LAWS ARE MODELED ON THAT. A LOT OF THE CONCERNS ABOUT DISCRIMINATION HAVEN’T BEEN BROUGHT — BORNE TO BEAR OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS. I ALSO THINK IT’S IMPORTANT WE HAVE A SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE ABOUT OUR PRIORITIES. IN IRAN THEY HANG YOU FOR THE CRIME OF BEING GAY. THEY ARE CURRENTLY IMPRISONING AN AMERICAN PREACHER FOR SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN IRAN. WE SHOULD FOCUS ON THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES OUR COUNTRY FACES RIGHT NOW. I WOULD SAY A NUCLEAR ARMED IRAN GIVEN THE THREAT THAT IT POSES TO THE REGION AND TO OUR INTERESTS IN THE REGION AND AMERICAN CITIZENS, IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE WOULD BE FOCUSED ON.>>DID GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON DO THE RIGHT THING?>>I THINK HE AND THE SL LEGISLATURE IS TRYING TO STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE FROM PROTECTING INDIVIDUALS FROM DISCRIMINATION IN SAY A RESTAURANT BUT AGAIN, THOSE KIND OF CONCERNS HAVE NOT BEEN BORNE OUT OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS WE HAVE HAD THE FEDERAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT. AT THE SAME TIME IT’S A LEGITIMATE QUESTION TO ASK WHETHER A WOMAN WHO TEACHES PIANO AND ON HER FREE TIME MAKES EXTRA MONEY BY PLAYING PIANO AT WEDDINGS, IF SHE STRONGLY BELIEVES THAT GAY MARRIAGE IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH HER PERSONAL CONSCIOUS BELIEFS SHOULD BE COMPELLED BY LAW TO PERFORM AT A GAY MARRIAGE. I THINK THAT’S A REASONABLE QUESTION TO ASK. I DON’T THINK THAT WE SHOULD CALL THAT WOMAN BIGOTED OR HATEFUL OR THAT WE SHOULD IMPOSE CRIMINAL OR CIVIL FINES ON HER.>>YOU CERTAINLY DON’T WANT IN YOUR HOME STATE OF ARKANSAS A BOYCOTT, ECONOMIC PUNISHMENT, IF YOU WILL, SIMILAR TO WHAT’S GOING ON IN INDIANA RIGHT NOW. I ASSUME THAT’S WHY THE GOVERNOR DECIDED TO BACK OFF TODAY.>>OF COURSE NOT. I WOULD SAY ANYBODY WHO THINKS THAT THESE LAWS ARE EMPOWERING THAT KIND OF DISCRIMINATION ARE EITHER MISINFORMED OR MISREPRESENTING THE FACTS. THAT SIMPLY HASN’T BEEN T

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74 COMMENTS

  1. dragunov14 Posted on April 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Subways is healthy compared to mcdonalds

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  2. Mortiky Jones Posted on April 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    always got to bring up Iran, how about Saudi Arabia?  this gay agenda the governments are pushing is normalizing this practise.. is it because many of them are gay? or practise gay sex?

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  3. sydandtaytum Posted on April 2, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    may bears maul you bigots.

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  4. nelson 100 Posted on April 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    This guy should be in prison for being a traitor

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  5. Sam Mahalati Posted on April 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Tom Cotton you idiot!

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  6. Malachi M Posted on April 2, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Gay is the new Jew (ct) smh

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  7. Steve Posted on April 2, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    These Pubs make the same talking points.  What he failed to mention was that the Federal law is different than the State law!!  Do you really believe Bill Clinton would have abandoned the gay community, would worked tirelessly for him?

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  8. Alper Duru Posted on April 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    If Iran's laws are the standard, yeah, Indiana law or Arkansas bill is not as bad. Most people in the country has a higher standard though. It is not good enough to be  better than theocracies.

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  9. Michel de Nostredame Posted on April 2, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    This is how American tax pay for… hahahaha blame IRAN for American being gay… If yellowstone national park blown up who is he gonna blame next time?… go back to the hole that you came from, you are not Senator you are not American origin…

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  10. O Kiss Posted on April 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    So this is what they in Iran….what do they do in Saudi Arabia? Yet we do buy oil from them. Anybody who creams about the gay Rights in other countries and fills in the gas at your local gas station is a total hypocrite.

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  11. Farhad Mohammadi Posted on April 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Did this dude lived in Iran even for a day?? He just good for talking rubbish, attention seeker.

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  12. Martha Marvelette Posted on April 2, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    R.I.P.
    Matthew Shepard
    (and all the other victims of Hate Crimes)
    "Shades of Iran" are still alive & well in America

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  13. Richard Taylor Posted on April 2, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    We are allies with Saudi Arabia….. They run their country by Sharia Law…. I don't see your outrage about that you fucking hypocrite. 

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  14. PostSurgeOperative Posted on April 2, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    "A lot of the concerns about discrimination haven't been bro — borne to bear…" LOLWUT

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  15. nigelbulls23 Posted on April 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Gays and Lesbians are bigoted and hateful of normal people who don't believe in their abnormal lifestyle. People should be forced to accept an abnormal lifestyle. Gays and lesbians don't deserve the same rights as married couples. Gays and lesbians cannot have children. A man and a women reserve the sole right to be married and called a family. Its time for Americans to stand to gay and lesbian special interest groups. Gays and lesbians can live their lifestyle however they want but stay out of the lives of married couples and families.

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  16. Gordon Hall Posted on April 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Bullshit rhetoric.  He knows just who is marginalizes …. who cares about what they do to gays in Iran.  WE DON'T LIVE IN IRAN.  I'll buy the fucker a one way ticket to Tehran.

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  17. Gordon Hall Posted on April 2, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Tommy?  You know you're lying!

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  18. ZP ZAP Posted on April 3, 2015 at 12:24 am

    WHAT A LIE… SUCH A FUCKING LIE… TRY SAUDI ARABIA…

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  19. Martin Signer Posted on April 3, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Don't they hang Christian assholes too?

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  20. Ziba Bahadori Posted on April 3, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Tom Cotton  , wrong comparison .

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  21. Amirali Sharifi Posted on April 3, 2015 at 2:33 am

    They hang criminal like drug dealers and killers ,Eh ,Fear propaganda with slave of Israelis or Saudis again.

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  22. Love All Posted on April 3, 2015 at 3:33 am

    lmaoooooooooo and he found a way to bring it back to Iran. NOT EVEN 35 seconds smh.

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  23. Ali A Posted on April 3, 2015 at 3:49 am

    He is lieing. Actually most condemned to death in Iran concerns drug trafficking

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  24. Shannon Page Posted on April 3, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Hope Iran doesn't get their hands on implanting children like America has and force them to be gay without them knowing it.

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  25. mathew idicula Posted on April 3, 2015 at 5:15 am

    We have a Republican Party which has cast off a large segment of the population ( not just gays) by saying it could be worse, while racing to the right over who could be the most inhospitable to our citizens at the expense of Israel, and citizen Koch brothers and the religious right. Who are more and more everyday embodying the warning of Sinclair when he wrote about fascism coming to America in the guise of a flag wrapped the cross.

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  26. Niloofar Zarkesh Posted on April 3, 2015 at 5:55 am

    He still does not give up even after his comment that Iran is occupying Tehran! He does not even know Tehran is capital of Iran and dares to send a letter to the hardliners there! He has an agenda no matter how ignorant and biased he is! They ask him and again he goes after Iran! What about our country! Let's give him some education on world before making him a key star!

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  27. Eric van Bezooijen Posted on April 3, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Let's follow Tom Cotton's logic for a moment. In Iran they hang you for being gay. In Saudi Arabia you can't build a Christian Church, or hand out bibles, or proselytize on a street corner. Asking Christians in our country to just treat LGBT customers at their businesses as human beings seems like a small imposition.

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  28. Strong David Wood Posted on April 3, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I'm so happy I'm getting out of this brainwashed, unoriginal, "Hyuk Hyuk" ass state. Bye, Arkansas.

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  29. Mohammed Rouzbeh Posted on April 3, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Iran doesn't treat gays well so lets sanction them and make gays and hetrosexuals and everyone to live in misery in Iran (Republican foreign logic)

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  30. Geraldine Lancaster Posted on April 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    "What do you think about the religious freedom bill"

    "Well in Iran they hang gays"

    Ok bud, way to answer the question.

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  31. girlscancry Posted on April 3, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    The dumbest argument ever!

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  32. Cognitive Dissonance Posted on April 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    More smokescreens for the stupid people to hid behind.  It doesn't matter what other nations, it matters to us what the US does.  Second, if the pig-bible was the law of the land instead of the Constitution, we can all be guaranteed that the Jesus freaks would murder gays and everybody else who doesn't fit into the sad little fairy tale.  Like the good, Christian lawyer in Huntington Beach who is putting together a ballot measure to, "shoot gays in the head" for being gay and if a gay person touches a non-gay (assuming a non-gay person who doesn't have a gun, since they'd be allowed to legally shoot them), the gay person is fined $1million.  That's Christianity hard at work.  It's the religion of hatred, bigotry, murder, and torture.  Christian/Muslim, I don't see the difference.  If we let our religious nut-jobs run loose in this country, the Christian freaks would behave as badly as the Muslims do in other countries who don't have frameworks like out Constitution.

    And, this religious freedom bill has NOTHING to do with religious freedom. If it did, it would have been enacted decades or even centuries ago as American culture began infringing on religious sensibilities.  It's the pathetic little Jesus-freaks are losing the battle against marriage equality and are making a last, ditch effort to keep their prejudices legal.  It's Jim Crow all over again. 

     This will come out, though, when businesses service some who violate their religion and deny others.  If a business doesn't refuse service for religious reasons for EVERYONE who violates their little fairy tale hate-book then the intent of the law is to clearly discriminate.  Based on their hate book, business will HAVE to refuse service to: people with tattoos (who have them and who draw them), people who have divorced for reasons other than adultery, people with rounded haircuts (and the barbers who give them), people who eat shellfish, people who eat pork.  So, if a business denies service to a gay couple because they filthy, hateful pig-god says so, but don't refuse service to people with tattoos, then their being discriminatory.  But Christians are so stupid and self-delusory that they'll figure out a way to justify taking the words of their pig-god that work and leaving the rest.  That's what religion is, scared little people to afraid to think for themselves that need an invisible friend to love them and who tells them what to do.  I don't see a difference between god and jesus telling people to hate gays and the recent Slenderman incident where kids tried to kill their friend because a fictional character told them to.  

    Émile Zola — 'Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.'

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  33. antique Posted on April 3, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    He seems like a good a decent man.  However he looks like and has the mannerisms of Anthony Perkins in the 1960 Hitchcock movie "PYCHO"  I wonder……………….?

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  34. EndtheAgenda Posted on April 4, 2015 at 2:38 am

    So what's next for you liberalAre you so stupid and ignorant that you believe lesbians gays bisexuals and transgenders are recognized religionAnd since you're so quick to judge anyone who dares question your God Barack Hussein Obama when she do a little homework on Iran the sentence for being caught for being a homosexual in Iran is either public flogging, if you're too stupid to know what that means that means being whipped in public. Either stoned, beheaded or hanged.
    Granted I you liberals (CPUSA) want a nanny state where they tell you what to watch what to laugh at. And liberals favorite believe everything the state says is the truth( that is as long as its from a leftist/liberal ).

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  35. JoeyRapps1 Posted on April 4, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Cotton's main goal in speaking to "ex" Mossad Wolf Blitzer is war propaganda against one of Israel's (many) enemies but, he's he too stupid to stay focused on the usual scare tactics. He's another Congressional Israel puppet, he works for a foreign nation, not us. No gov't can serve two masters.

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  36. Mahyar K Posted on April 4, 2015 at 5:58 am

    FUN FACTS: America has been involved in wars than any other country COMBINED since the end of ww2.
    2. The only nation to USE a nuclear weapon in warfare is America.
    BUT YET IRAN is a threat? in 200 years they have been involved in one war! which was started when America supported Its old friend Saddam in Iraq to attack.
    Then instead of backing your president for avoiding war you criticize him because he didn't bend to Israel? I wonder where your loyalties are.

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  37. tmb24jr Posted on April 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Yet another example of Liberals not getting along with facts.

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  38. Eric Toribio Posted on April 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    And Christians should be thankful the Government is not demolishing their churches like in China. See how illogical his way of thinking is. xD

    I think LGBT ought to leave these "religious" people alone and let the free market take care of them. We are in a day and age that homophobia rarely flies well with many people in the general public (as you can see by the boycott in Indiana). You are all giving them unwarranted attention and fueling the faux-Christian persecution complex perpetuated by the hypocrites on the right wing movement. Thankfully this is has all be happening in the media and no human rights groups are directly attacking the homophobic businesses.

    Give religious people their rights to discriminate so they can stop saying they're being persecuted simply because they refuse to follow common law or want to erect glass walls to avoid it ("…even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability." – Indiana's RFRA). Then when it's all said and done we'll all see it's them who were asking for special rights all along.

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  39. Sam Canine Posted on April 5, 2015 at 1:32 am

    WOOOW WHAT ABOUT SAUDI ARABIA,,,,,,,

    THHE SUPPORTER OF ISIS AND AL QAEDA AND ALL THE SCUM IN THE WORLD….

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  40. Hppyhppy2 Posted on April 5, 2015 at 1:43 am

    What's funny as fuck is that we don't need the religious freedom act to have freedom of religion it's called the fucking constitutions. And all the media craze over religious freedom is mostly brought on by Jews who fear citzens being able to put up Christmas trees anywhere. Funny to see two groups going at it to see which of their fantasy beliefs is real.

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  41. flyersphan111 Posted on April 5, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I'm a liberal, but the outrage here is ridiculous. Bill Maher said practically the same thing last week. Did the liberals freak out? No. Because Maher is a liberal. Liberals have become so whiny with their fake outrage lately. It's getting old….

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  42. Oc Builder Posted on April 5, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Senator Cotton said in an interview with the NY Times yesterday that he wrote his thesis    on defense of our Constitution on the terms that the founding fathers wrote specifically in the Federalist Papers. They hoped that our form of government would draw forward men and women who are the "wisest, most prudent and most experienced".  Clearly he is not wise, prudent nor experienced.  He is a moron who interfered in with treaty negotiations involving 5 other countries not including the US.  You need to play better with the kids in your sandbox.  Freaking child, grow up… GOP are a bunch of whiners, crybabies and complainers and offer nothing new or offer nothing better as an option.  

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  43. Corinne Cloutier Posted on April 7, 2015 at 3:49 am

    This guy need to put a sick in it and get off his high ass horse

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  44. Deep Ashtray Posted on April 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Way to misrepresent the law there, Senator.

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  45. nsecchi1 Posted on April 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    The Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not resemble the Indiana law. Conservatives try to defend the Indiana law by lies and diversions. It's more like the Civil Rights Law of 1964 which forbids discrimination by businesses against certain types of people. So gays in Indiana who object to being refused service should be glad they weren't beheaded.

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  46. TJ B Posted on April 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Just vote it down.

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  47. Halophilic NC Posted on April 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    So the age old quandary…does one downvote this video just because they disagree with what the interviewed person says?  It's not CNN's fault.

    On the other hand, they did give him a podium….

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  48. TheArtofKelso Posted on April 8, 2015 at 4:13 am

    The hypothetical musician that wouldn't play at the hypothetical gay wedding, would be a bigot. So why wouldn't we call her on it. Tom Cotton is a Buffoon. 

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  49. PreserveBigCats Posted on April 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Hello those of you on the left and in the LBGT community. Can I ask a serious question? Where is the outrage and the push-back too the various human rights violations going on in Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, China, Russia and here in the U.S.? You seem to concentrate all your anger/power (agenda) towards the Christian right, which I understand is the majority religion here, but just because your-tunnel visioned-biased-media seems to be focused only on those you deem bigoted, there are far worse evils going on that I, as an atheist, have seen and do see happening today. A hidden camera went into 3 Muslim establishments asking for a catered wedding, cake, dinner, deserts, etc… they were flatly refused and then ignored in all 3. Has that been reported on NPR or CNN or MSNBC, or in the NY Times or SF Chronicle? Nope. It seems to me, just as  your Dear Leader, you all take the high road when it comes to the intolerances of Islam. 

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  50. sam Jam Posted on April 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    This fucker just got paid by Israeli groups to run his dirty mouth

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  51. suvariboy Posted on April 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Cotton and those of his ilk keep saying that their so-called RFRA are "the same" as the Federal one. They're not, which is why so many are up in arms about them. Stop lying Mr. Cotton.

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  52. NinjaKiller999 Posted on April 10, 2015 at 1:15 am

    And in America you get shot for looking at a cop

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  53. Rachel Williams Posted on May 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    So we should be fine with our rights here because they kill gays in Iran? I'm sorry maybe we should not be fine with how our country treats them and not be fine with how Iran treats them?… Gay people are PEOPLE

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  54. thatfeel Posted on July 3, 2015 at 1:28 am

    They don't hang you for being gay, rather pay for your transition to becoming a woman or man.

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  55. Tsnore Posted on July 23, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    BTW, Senator Tommy Cotton-wad receives a lot of dough from the defense industry/war materiel lobby, which makes war highly profitable.

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  56. cruz loera Posted on August 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Sen cotton is hot. Hopefully he's a closet case

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  57. Steven Lawrence Posted on December 30, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I don't know, it's my gaydar… I just honestly think Tom Cotton is a gay.

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  58. Tokopol Posted on January 18, 2018 at 3:58 am

    You mean they'd hang YOU for being gay, right?

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  59. Gryphon S. Posted on January 22, 2018 at 8:42 am

    The Trump administration that he supports did not back the UN resolution against countries that have capital punishment for being gay.

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  60. Jesus Crust Posted on February 1, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Then he better stay away from Iran.

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  61. Lion Alesso Posted on June 18, 2018 at 1:42 am

    bla bla bla. Too much bla bla bla. :DDD

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  62. Yas Khat Posted on October 18, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Your ally Saudi Arabia that you love beheads people.

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  63. Yas Khat Posted on October 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Plus he is against gay marriage

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  64. Pouriya Arab Posted on December 15, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Oh God!
    They don't hang you for being gay, they hang you for having gay sex (penetration sex). There's a difference. Understand!

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  65. M&A 313 Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    you can be gay and don't tell anybody in Iran because if two man or two women live together people won't think a second that they're gay.I'm Iranian and I haven't met any gay person in Iran and I hope I don't meet them never

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  66. I.R_HQ Posted on March 7, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    fuck off long live iran we don't like being gay and we wont change so go and suck off someone

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  67. Silas Nonoir Posted on March 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    yes, Tom. see what your interpretation of religious freedom does?

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  68. It A Posted on April 25, 2019 at 1:36 am

    so what a guy likes sucking dicks and hairy asses, I've got a living to make, why should I care ?!?!?

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  69. Randy Smith Posted on June 5, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    they hang christians in some countries so this means christians need to shit the fuck up here in the USA and be happy with what ever rights we decide they deserve.

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  70. I.R_HQ Posted on June 9, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Gays get hanged so what it's none of your business cunt

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  71. Atlas Latest Posted on June 16, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    4 years later every person on this list looks like a dumb ass after Iran bombs 6 oil tankers in the gulf of Oman. Global oil prices rise and Iran says within days they can tripple their Uranium refinement production for nuclear weapons.

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  72. diba afshar Posted on June 27, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Thank God I left

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  73. diba afshar Posted on June 27, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    It’s not safe for homosexuals

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