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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) is joining other Michigan GOP leaders in calling for a controversial party figure to step down from his post.

Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema has come under fire for expressing negative views of homosexuals and Muslims on social media. According to, Agema said last month that “gay men only want universal health care because they’re dying of AIDS.” Agema also asked on Facebook, “Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?”

Agema posted another status in which he approved of new anti-gay laws in Russia in addition to an article he posted last spring that described homosexuals as “filthy.”

In calling for Agema’s resignation, Amash said in a statement, “Defending civil liberties is at the heart of the Republican Party and our Constitution. As I’ve demonstrated with my words and record, I am trying to grow a new generation of Republicans that includes more gays and lesbians, racial-ethnic minorities, women, and young people.”

“Dave’s approach has become a distraction for those of us who are standing up to the political establishment, whose push for bigger government, more corporate welfare, and less individual liberty have hurt our party.”

Amash advised, “I hope Dave will do the right thing for the next generation of conservatives and step down.”

The libertarian congressman has been at the forefront of evolving Republican views on issues like same-sex marriage. Last spring, Amash called for the federal government to get out of the marriage business. Said Amash, “My view has always been that government should not be in the business of defining or redefining marriage.”

Before the Supreme Court repealed key provisions last year, Amash had expressed his opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

In March, Amash Tweeted, “Real threat to traditional marriage & religious liberty is government, not gay couples who love each other & want to spend lives together.”

Amash is the first member of Michigan’s congressional delegation to formally call for Agema’s resignation.

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