GOP Lawmaker Who Backed Anti-Porn Bill Liked X-Rated Twitter Clip

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    Move over Ted Cruz: a GOP Florida state lawmaker who recently championed a strict piece of legislation that would declare pornography a public health crisis was found to have “liked” an explicit lesbian sex video on Twitter.

    State Rep. Ross Spano’s Twitter account largely keeps up the appearance he has presented to constituents, one of a God-fearing man who loves college football and backs the usual Republican talking points, Orlando Weekly reported.

    But one out of his almost 500 Twitter likes seems to have slipped past most peoples’ attention for several months. Spano clicked the like button for a January 8 tweet from an account named “Goddess Lesbian” which features a clip from a porn studio called Reality Kings.

    The 17-second clip shows two women performing numerous sex acts on one another and is about as NSFW as they come.

    Spano’s gaffe might seem like a harmless accident, but he’s the same lawmaker who introduced HR 157, a bill arguing that porn is causing children and teenagers to become hypersexualized and to suffer from “low self-esteem, … eating disorder[s] and a desire to engage in dangerous sexual behavior.”

    “Recent research indicates that pornography is potentially biologically addictive, resulting in the user consuming increasing more shocking material to satisfy the addiction,” the bill reads in part. “Pornography has a detrimental effect on families and is linked to a reluctance to enter into marriage, dissatisfaction in marriage and marital infidelity.”

    Spano offered a statement that, like in the Cruz incident, does not feature any admission of guilt.

    “Obviously, I have a long social media history on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram since I was first elected in 2012,” he noted. “With a thorough examination of my accounts, it will be easy to see that this is not my doing.”

    “I have since gone back, once notified, and rectified the problem,” he added. “And I’m now looking into how it occurred in the first place.”

    Spano also insisted that the episode should not take the focus off “the fact that there is a direct correlation between pornography and a host of societal problems, including human trafficking, exploitation of children, sex slavery, and domestic violence.”

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