Republican Steve Fitzgerald, a candidate for State Senate in Kansas, recently claimed that Democrats cannot be followers of Jesus Christ, while speaking at a Polish American Club in Kansas City.
Fitzgerald is running against Democrat State Sen. Kelly Kultala, who happens to be Catholic.
Fitzgerald later told HuffingtonPost.com: "My main point is that the Democratic platform and policies nationally are an attempt to redefine marriage in effect to say what Christ has said about marriage is a lie."
"Christ said marriage is between one man and one woman and the Democratic platform said that it’s not true. So therefore, my point was that one cannot support the Democratic platform and be a follower of Christ."
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The contention that I said that one cannot be Catholic or Christian and a Democrat is not an unreasonable summation of what I actually said. My actual message was fix the party or leave."
While Jesus Christ never advocated gay marriage, he never actually said that marriage was between one man and one woman, as Fitzgerald claims.
Kultala said in response: "I was so angry I was seeing spots. I was trying to be diplomatic and calm. I said that people cannot come into our house and disgrace our Democratic Party. My job as a senator is not to tell you what to believe."