Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has come out swinging against conservatives opposed to same-sex marriage and who continue to assault the rights of gay people.
“The fight for gay marriage is, in reality, a fight for all of our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time,” he wrote in an editorial for the September issue of Playboy magazine.
“Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom. Their goal is to dehumanise everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalise your entire sex life.”
Hefner accused 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.”
He went on to say: “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.”
According to one biographer, Stephen Watts, who was backed by Hefner himself, the 86-year-old media mogul had at least one homosexual experience in his life.