SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Utah state senator Chris Buttars responded to ABC 4’s report on some controversial comments concerning homosexuals he made during an interview for a documentary.
Buttars talked with documentary maker and former ABC 4 reporter Reed Cowan.
During the interview, Buttars not only compares gays to radical Muslims, but also claims gays pose the greatest threat to America.
Some of Buttars' colleagues responded to the controversial politician's statements. Senator Scott McCoy is Utah's only openly gay state senator. On Wednesday, he commented, “Other colleagues of mine in the body have apologized on his behalf which i appreciate because they felt like they needed to do so.”
Buttars posted a response to ABC 4’s report on the state senate’s unofficial blog on Wednesday.
In the post, Buttars claims he was misled by Cowan, saying, “Reed assured me that he would treat both sides of the issue fairly and that I would be treated fairly. He told me the interview would be public in about a year and I would be allowed to see his work and approve my part before he released it.
I took Reed at his word and am disappointed.”
Buttars went on to defend his stance on traditional marriage.
You can read Buttars' entire blog posting here
Reed Cowan responded to Buttars' claim later on Wedesday in a written response to ABC 4 saying: "Senator Buttars claim that he was somehow misled is a lie. He knew the topic of our film and he knew there would be opposing voices. Additionally, Senator Buttars claim that he had promise to review our material is a fabrication. His response today is a shameless diversion tactic to the larger issue. The tape speaks for itself." (Reed Cowan Productions)