Buttars isn't backing down, even as Senate GOP leaders announced his punishment. In a statement posted online, Buttars says he disagrees with the censure, but he's a "grown man who can take his knocks." Senate President Michael Waddoups took him off of the senate judiciary committee.
Even in the face of what amounts to a demotion, Sen. Buttars is not apologizing and his supporters don't think he has anything to apologize for. At the same time, his critics are angry. They want more severe action against Buttars, even for him to quit the Senate.
Buttars was kicked off the judicial committee he chaired after comparing gay activists to radical Muslims during an interview for a documentary. Buttars also told filmmaker Reed Cowan that gay activists are "probably the greatest threat to America going down."