Circuit Court Judge Tim Philpot often works with same-sex couples in his family court in Fayette, Kentucky, but told a religious group on Sept. 8 that gay people had "stolen" the rainbow from God and made hugging other men uncomfortable for him.
Philpot told the Francis Asbury Society in Wilmore, Kentucky, that he considers gay marriage to be an "oxymoron" such as "jumbo shrimp" or a "magnificent Chihuahua," reports the Courier-Journal.
He also described gay relationships as "sterile" and "just entertainment" to the Asbury Society, which calls for "absolute surrender and obedience to Jesus Christ."
Philpot referred to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling that legalized gay marriage as "pretty close to insane" and predicted "there is no question that polygamy is on the way."
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Philpot also told the group how he believes gay marriage affects children in a negative manner: "Now kids not only have to decide which girl to date, or which boy to date, they’ve got to decide which gender to date. There is not a 12-year-old or 13-year-old or a 14-year-old in Fayette County, Kentucky, that doesn’t have to decide 'Am I gay or am I straight?' Man, I’m telling you, that is some kind of abuse."
It's not clear what source Philpot got his information from regarding the adolescents.
Philpot also told the group that "half the adoptions I do are for gay people. And they’re not bad people," and added that "homosexual sin" is not worse than "heterosexual sin," which he blamed for children who "are neglected and abused by parents who don’t care."
Philpot announced that his "biggest bugaboo with the whole thing" is how the gay rights have harmed his relationships with men.
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"I meet with men four or five times a week and we hug; we love each other at a certain level," the former state senator stated. "I don’t hug the way I used to."
Philpot recalled that he was in a Starbucks "when it really hit me like a ton of bricks. There was a man there, probably 45 years old. He had his arm around a young man who was about 20, and I would say there was a 90 percent chance it was just a father and son, but I had this moment when I thought -- hmmm -- I wonder what’s going on. They’re getting a little too close. They are making me uncomfortable."
Philpot complained that gay people had "stolen" rainbows, but he was intent on taking the rainbows back.
"I’m gonna put one on the back of my car because I’m not going to let them steal it," Philpot stated. "I’m gonna take it back. I’m gonna drive around town with my rainbow and my 8-pound shorky [a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire terrier mix] and let them think what they want."
In response to the article about his comments, Philpot told the newspaper via email: "In 13 years as a judge, you will be hard-pressed to find even one complaint about me on this issue."
Ross Ewing, a lawyer who has represented clients in Philpot's court, stated: "I have never seen him base a decision on a litigant’s sexual orientation. He has always looked at the facts of each case and ruled accordingly."
Keith Elston, who has represented gay adoptions, said Philpot asked "a few more questions of gay and lesbian clients than he asks to some of the straight clients I have had," but that none of them were "out of bounds or appear to reflect his personal biases."
Elston expressed concern about some of Philpot’s anti-gay comments, but added that Philpot "has a right to say whatever he wants to say."
Philpot made news in June when he told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he used real-life divorces from his family court in his fictional novel:
I was trying to write a serious, scholarly book about marriage, but it was just too complicated. So I turned it into a novel, and it made sense and I started having fun with it.
One of the problems with being a judge is that nobody tells you the truth. I know there’s some negativity (among lawyers and other judges). Change is difficult.
I was not trying to write an anti-divorce book. I was trying to write a pro-marriage book. I don’t know if the book’s any good, but I know I’ve hit on the right subject.