Sen. Buttars broke pact to stay silent

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(KSL News) Embattled State Sen. Chris Buttars was removed from two committees after comments he made about homosexuals but not because those comments were offensive.

Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, said Senate leaders removed Buttars because he broke a pact of silence.

Stephenson told K-TALK radio that Buttars agreed to stay mute on gay rights because he's such a "lightning rod on this issue."

But Stephenson says Buttars broke that promise when he told a documentary filmmaker that gays were the "greatest threat to America."

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