State Senator Joey Hensley (R-TN.) is an anti-gay, family values Republican who has proposed regressive anti-gay laws time after time. Recently, the senator has had some pretty horrible family values, as the married man has reportedly had an affair with one of his coworkers.
The colleague he was alleged to have had an ongoing affair with is also a patient of his at the family medical office where he practices. But wait, it gets better… his lover is also his second cousin.
According to Pink News, the claims come after his cousin revealed the allegations of their affair in court while giving her testimony during her divorce trial with her husband.
Hensley is a Christian and a member of the Pentecostal Church, who also works as a physician at a family practice. He has been a GOP senator since 2013 and has mainly worked to introduce a slew of anti-LGBT proposals.
He also sponsored a bill that would have prohibited sex ed teachers from even speaking about homosexuality, deeming it to be irrelevant to the reproduction of a human being.
Hensley also sponsored a bill that would allow college counsellors to deny seeing any student — even ones who are suicidal — based on their religious beliefs, after a counselor was let go from their job after they refused to see an LGBT student. The senator thought the behavior of the counselor was completely acceptable.
Last month, the homophobic senator introduced a bill which would deem children that are born through artificial insemination as illegitimate, even if the parents are married and agree to the procedure. That’s pretty disgraceful for someone who thinks it’s okay to sleep with their cousin. Hensley has refused to attest at his cousin’s divorce trial, using the excuse of being a state senator to do so.
It was also discovered during his cousin’s divorce trial that Hensley was allegedly prescribing opioids to his cousin. The senator was then said to have pointed out that there is nothing illegal about subscribing opioid prescriptions to your patient/cousin/lover.
This man definitely has some strange family values and is a sad excuse for not only a senator, but a family physician.
In the video below from 2015, courtesy of YouTube, the senator talks about why Tennessee physicians are so respected. Looks like he ruined that reputation.
Featured Image is a screengrab via YouTube.