Jonathan Saenz, the president of the conservative group "Texas Values," claimed on June 20 that people who support non-discrimination laws want to "put people in jail that disagree with homosexual marriage."
During an interview with Raging Elephants Radio, Saenz slammed a recent ruling by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that said a Christian baker violated the state's non-discrimination law by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, noted MediaMatters.org (audio below).
According to RawStory.com, Raging Elephants Radio host Claver Kamau-Imani asked Saenz if the Colorado Civil Rights Commission "essentially" said, "You're gonna make this cake, plus, you're going to go to concentration camp."
"That's right, that's right," replied Saenz. "You know, they tried to do something like that here in Texas, I think it was a bill by Sen. Rodney Ellis that dealt with hate crime stuff, where they would've forced you to participate in an event of the quote-unquote community that you had offended. And so we testified against this legislation and it ended up dying on the Senate side."
"But I mean, this is what they want," claimed Saenz. "I mean, there's no question. I've seen it. I've seen them try to do it with legislation here in Texas at the state level. It is a goal of theirs to put people in jail that disagree with homosexual marriage, without question, or the homosexual lifestyle."
In reality, the Texas State Senate passed Sen. Ellis' hate crimes bill that "would increase punishment for crimes prompted by prejudice about sexual preference, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex or disability," noted The New York Times in 2001.
There was no mention in the bill of people going to jail for not accepting gay marriage.