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Bigotry from the bench

WAUPACA COUNTY Judge Philip Kirk apparently thinks child molesters are gay.

While recently sentencing 71-year-old former school bus driver Delton Gorges for molesting four boys over the course of several decades, Judge Kirk told Gorges that, "I think you were born gayer than a sweet smelling jock strap."

The judge went on to confirm his belief that Gorges' interest in molesting boys was a part of his supposed homosexuality, stating, "If anyone believes that in the last 10 years or 15 years all of a sudden you developed an interest in homosexuality and young boys, then I must have looked ravishing in my prom dress this year."

Not only does most scientific literature note that adult males who sexually molest boys are not likely to be gay, but the 71-year-old Gorges, who was once married and has a child, repeatedly told the judge he was straight. According to the American Psychological Association, a "myth about homosexuality is the mistaken belief that gay men have more of a tendency than heterosexual men to sexually molest children. There is no evidence to suggest that homosexuals molest children."

The judge couldn't help diagnose Gorges' supposed real problem, however. He lectured, "I think that you lived your life as a lie all of your years. And I don't doubt that you engaged in heterosexual behaviors, you got married and had a child. But it was all a lie...I can't imagine in the 40s or 50s admitting your sexual orientation. No one knew there was a closet to come out of in those days...It was a terrible life to have to live."

That head-scratching speech from Kirk may have been meant to be "sympathetic," but it perpetuates disgusting stereotypes about gay men as predators and molesters.

As Gawker.com's Seth Abramovitch wryly noted, "So Judge Kirk feels for you, gays. He really does. See where a life lived in the closet, denying yourself the simple pleasures of sweet-smelling jockstraps and ravishing prom dresses, can lead? Stock up on those suckers now, before you wind up molesting young boys, too!"