Playgirl founder Hugh Hefner is coming to the defense of the gay community. Hef, who is known for being a long time ladies man, is utilizing is magazine that typically fills its pages with naked women to voice his concern for gay rights.
In an editorial published in the September issue of Playgirl magazine, Hefner accuses conservatives of continuing “to assault the right of gays, whether by denying them to right to marry or, as in Kansas, by attempting to empower landlords, business owners and employers to discriminate against gays on religious grounds.”
The man who brought a unique editorial respect to a nudie magazine went on to site several laws that discriminate against gays and have his feathers ruffled.
Hef adds: “In Arizona, under a proposal bill women who hoped to have their health insurer cover birth control would have been forced to provide their employer with proof they were taking the pill for a medical condition — not just for the purpose of avoiding pregnancy. A new Kansas law allows a pharmacist to refuse to sell someone contraception on the grounds that such a sale could violate the pharmacist’s religious beliefs. Similar laws already exist in Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and South Dakota.”
He wraps up his piece by saying, “This is a religious nation, but it is also a secular one. … No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed. This is America and we must protect the rights of all Americans.”
This isn’t the first time he’s used his Playgirl status to make a political statement, however his outspoken opinion on gay rights may come as a shock to some of the magazine’s pro-hetero demographic.
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Hugh Hefner becomes unexpected voice for gay rights
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