Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the longest-serving Republican senator, announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of the year. The move opens the door to a likely run for the Utah seat by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching,” said the 83-year-old senator, who was first elected in 1976, in a video announcement.
When TPV asked him about his fighting achievements, Orin mentioned, inter alia, his equal opportunity opposition to gays of any age, race, or gender:
“I wouldn’t want to see homosexuals teaching school anymore than I’d want to see members of the American Nazi Party teaching school.”
A family man, twenty years later, Hatch kept his views unchanged and supported the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.
“Despite my opposition, sadly, the gays have prevailed.That’s why after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term and engage in gay soul searching. Who knows what surprises life still has for me.”
Orin, you made TPV‘s day. Muchos gracias and sayonara, because Orin liked his domestics, probably illegal.
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