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The following audio clip is from Reed Cowan’s documentary, prior to the start of the interview. It, along with the accompanying signed release from the Senator is proof that Mr. Buttars lied on his blog. Among other things, at no point did Mr. Cowan assert that the Senator would be able to review the footage before release, either in the release form, or the footage. Good luck keeping your job Senator.
BUTTARS BLOG POST READS:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Position on Traditional Marriage
State Senator: District 10Sometime in January, I talked with Reed Cowan for over an hour. I felt it was a friendly interview and we covered a lot of ground.
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.
I believe traditional marriage is the foundation of our civilization and I’ll continue to support public policy that strengthens traditional marriage. I will also continue to oppose policy that undermines that foundation.
posted by The Senate Site at 3:17 PM
You can see that post on the Utah Senate’s Site.
AND IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH, HERE IS THE ACTUAL RELEASE FORM, SIGNED BY THE SENATOR HIMSELF:
Update: A good point was made by Curtis in the comments. I want to clarify that this post shows that Reed Cowen did not agree on the record to letting the Senator review the tape prior to release. I also would like to point out however that there are at least 2 eye-witnesses who can verify that no such promise was made verbally either prior to filming.
One of my very good friends followed up on one of the Senator’s claims he made during the interview. Big surprise, another huge lie! See the email below:
I live in Utah, and one of our state Senators (Chris Buttars) claims that The Boy Scouts of Canada has lost membership due to the allowance of gay leaders. I am a Gay Rights ally, and am appalled at his claim. Could you send me some information about this?
Thank you so much,
*** South *** East
SLC UT 84105
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Susie Mackie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Paul Johnsen <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 7:40:07 AM
Good morning. There is absolutely no evidence to support this and I’m amazed the senator would make such a claim. Scouts Canada does not discriminate against potential members for reasons of sexual orientation. People of any race, culture, faith or sexual orientation are equally welcome to apply for membership.
Hope this answers your question.
Internal Communications Specialist
Executive Editor, Scouting Life Magazine
613-224-5131 ext. 259