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Florida state Rep. Mike Hill laughs about executing gay people

By: - May 31, 2019 3:15 pm

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.

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Julie Hauserman
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.