Rep. William E. Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) was "on a witch hunt," gay activists said last week, when he became the first California public official to support an initiative designed to quarantine thousands of AIDS victims and those suspected of carrying the AIDS virus.
In addition to backing the initiative--which was sponsored by followers of the political extremist Lyndon LaRouche Jr.--Dannemeyer told a press conference Wednesday that he will propose federal legislation next week to make it a crime for anyone testing positive for the AIDS virus "to be involved in an exchange of bodily fluids," including kissing.
Dannemeyer has waged a personal, months-long campaign against acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and he claimed at one time that those with AIDS emit a dangerous "spore." However, he said Wednesday that he did not favor "bedroom police."
But he did say that public health officials and the U.S. attorney general should be able to issue misdemeanor citations to AIDS carriers after receiving complaints.