Anti-Gay State Rep. Planted Story That He Had Sex With Gay Prostitute To Cover Up Affair

Conservative Michigan State Representative Todd Courser has been caught red-handed planning the distribution of a bizarre fictional email alleging he had been caught having sex with a male prostitute behind a nightclub in a bid to conceal his relationship with Rep. Cindy Gamrat, according to audio recordings obtained and released by The Detroit News.

The audio recordings expose an effort by the two married Michigan Republican lawmakers, who are among the most vocal opponents of gay rights and defenders of “traditional marriage” in the state legislature, to send out an email under a pseudonym that accused Courser of paying for sex from male prostitutes behind “a prominent Lansing night club.”

“Courser, a Lapeer Republican, said on one recording the email was designed to create ‘a complete smear campaign’ of exaggerated, false claims about him and Gamrat so a public revelation about the legislators’ relationship would seem ‘mild by comparison,'” Chad Livengood reported. “Interviews with former House employees and the recordings show freshman lawmakers Courser and Gamrat, R-Plainwell, used their taxpayer-funded offices to maintain and cover up their relationship.”

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Courser demanded that his aide distribute a mass email to state Republicans claiming that Courser had a “male on male paid sex behind a prominent Lansing night club,” and went on to describe him as a “bi-sexual porn addicted sex deviant” and a “Godless Addicted Monster.” Courser told the aide who ultimately refused to send the email, that it was part of a “controlled burn” strategy.

Early Monday morning, Courser sent his own recordings in which he claims he sent a false e-mail about paying for gay sex because he was being blackmailed.

Detroit Free Press adds:

The long and rambling recording blames his former staffers, Ben Graham, Josh Cline and Keith Allard, for colluding with the Lansing “mafia” establishment to bring him down. And it didn’t work, he said, because he’s decided to stay in office to expose the “political shenanigans” that are happening in Lansing.

“The e-mail was put in motion to disrupt the blackmailer and give me some clues as to the surveillance of my life. It was all done in a pressure cooker and … it put me in a situation where a bad choice was the choice that I made,” he said, noting the alleged blackmailer’s intent was to get him to resign.

“But to change the country, men and women must be able to stand unafraid even when they’re a broken messenger. And I’m a certainly a broken messenger,” he said in the recording. “I have chosen to stay and make them play their hand. I think it is absolutely necessary to have these clandestine operations to control public officials be exposed. So I have refused to leave quietly and have decided that these efforts really need to come out.”

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, who is the U.S. House of Representatives member for Courser’s district, is calling for his resignation.

“Todd Courser, a man who never passes on an opportunity to preach about his supposed morals and his close relationship with God, constantly evoking religion in his personal and political stances, has proven to be completely unfit to represent the hardworking residents of Lapeer County, using taxpayer dollars to abide and assist his gross misconduct,” Miller said in the statement.

RightWingWatch notes:

As Livengood pointed out, Courser and Gamrat “are socially conservative legislators who often invoke their Christian faith in pursuit of new legislation governing gun rights, abortion and marriage,” and are closely aligned with the Tea Party.

Gamrat and Courser made waves earlier this year when they tried to circumvent the Supreme Court’s marriage decision by introducing a bill declaring that only members of the clergy could perform marriages in Michigan. Gamrat denounced the marriage ruling as a “sad day in our nation” and blasted the court for trying to “redefine for our entire nation, marriage, the bedrock of families and society since the beginning of time.” She also warned that people who “do not embrace the homosexual lifestyle will need protections” to fend off impending persecution.

Courser has similarly alleged that LGBT rights advocates are trying to do away with freedom, maintaining that “this decision by the Supreme Court was and is an absolute tragedy for our nation and its future.” He responded to the Supreme Court ruling by announcing that we “are living in the last days” and that it “was a crushing day for those who believe in traditional marriage and traditional morality.”

Days before the decision, Courser told his supporters: “I will say that I grieve for our nation as we take one step after another to deny the diety of God and who He is. As we step further and further away from Him and His Holy word we lose His protection for ourselves, our families, our communities, our states and of course our Nation!”

Last December, we reported on Courser’s efforts to block an LGBT nondiscrimination measure, accusing its supporters of “promoting evil” and attempting to “destroy freedoms of religion and speech for our children and their children” and “institutionalize discrimination against Christians and other faiths.”