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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Forum for Equality in Louisiana is speaking out against Phil Robertson's anti-homosexual remarks in "GQ Magazine."

The statement reads:

The Louisiana family values espoused on the hit cable television show "Duck Dynasty" sadly do not include respect for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), say leaders of Forum for Equality Louisiana in response to the insensitive comments of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson.

The writer of a profile in the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine posed the question, "What, in your mind, is sinful?" Robertson replied, "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right.' "

Forum for Equality Foundation chair John Denison of Monroe – a former television anchorman - says of his neighbor across the Ouachita River in West Monroe, "I have a news flash for Phil Robertson: he chose his religious beliefs, but I didn't choose to be gay, I was born just as I am. I've seen way too much bullying, bigotry and hatred over the decades and Robertson's remarks fit all three categories."

SarahJane Brady of New Orleans, executive director of Forum for Equality, Louisiana's premier statewide LGBT organization, said Robertson is out of step.

"Phil Robertson's unfortunate comments are a stark reminder of why Forum for Equality must continue its 25-year mission for full, equal rights for Louisiana's LGBT people," Brady said. "Our state's citizens are increasingly in favor of nondiscrimination and equality. It's past time for Louisiana's elected leaders to catch up."

Denison issued an open invitation to Robertson and his family to "treat them to a meal so that they can meet a successful, proud and Christian gay man. The Ouachita River isn't so wide that we can't sit down to break bread over iced tea."

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