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Traveler Removed From Flight After Telling Anti-Gay Texas Governor To 'Go To Hell'

The passenger was put on a flight the following morning.
AUSTIN, TX -  FEBRUARY 18:  Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at a joint press conference February 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 18: Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at a joint press conference February 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The press conference addressed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas' decision on the lawsuit filed by a Texas-led coalition of 26 states challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

A man waiting to board a flight got bumped after he confronted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) about his stance against gay marriage. 

The passenger confronted Abbott at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Tuesday as the governor was waiting to board an Austin-bound flight with his family and staff. 

The unnamed 32-year-old walked up to Abbott, shook his hand and then said, "I hope you [expletive] go to hell because of your stance on gay marriage," Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch told the Austin American-Statesman. 

After state troopers traveling with the governor asked the man to back away, he said to the governor, "I’m going to see you on the plane."

The man's name was checked and cleared against the Joint Terrorism Task Force database and the Port Authority police's database, according to the Dallas Morning News. He was placed on a flight the following morning. 

After the Supreme Court's historic ruling on gay marriage last month, Abbott said the court had "abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature."

The governor also issued a directive aimed at preserving what he called "Texans’ religious liberties." His opposition to the Supreme Court's decision was echoed by other state officials.  

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