John M. Becker

Rep. Steve King: No Rights for 'Self-Professed Behaviors'

Filed By John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: Arizona, discrimination, GOP, religious exemption, religious privilege, Republican Party, special rights, Steve King, Tea Party, wingnuts

steve-king-headshot.jpgCrazy conservative Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was asked by Des Moines television station WHO-TV for his thoughts on SB 1062, the bill recently vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that would have expanded the ability of people and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in that state.

In his response, King expounded on his theories about the causes of homosexuality, calling it a "self-professed behavior" that cannot be "independently verified" but can be "willfully changed."

Right Wing Watch reports:

..."There's nothing mentioned in [civil rights laws] about self-professed behavior," he said, "and that's what [LGBT people are] trying to protect is special rights for self-professed behavior."

Asked whether he thought that being gay is a choice, King responded that he didn't "know whether it's a choice or not," that he imagined some type of "continuum or curve."

"I don't know what that curve looks like," he added. "I think some's nature and some's nurture, and some might be purely each. But I think a lot of it is a combination of nature and nurture."

The congressman went on to imply that LGBT people are making their identities known in order to entrap business owners into discriminating against them.

Welcome to idiot America, folks.

Watch Rep. King's comments, after the jump.

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