Anti-Gay Lawmaker Says Acceptance of LGBT People Will Result in Christianity Being 'Practically Doomed'
A Republican state representative from Topeka, Kansas, told his fellow lawmakers that the Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage and gay people have effectively created a "third sex."
Rep. Dick Jones today said the "Supreme Court has, in fact, established a third sex for all intents and purposes. So thereâ€™s male and female and gay," the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.
He also urged his fellow lawmakers to "not forget that gay is strictly a sexual preference."
"Itâ€™s not a separate sex," he clarified.
Jones was speaking at a "religious freedom" hearing that included two anti-gay religious extremists.Â Washington State floristÂ Barronelle Stutzman, who opted to appeal a discrimination lawsuit she lost that was brought against her, even though she was ordered to pay only $1000, and her Alliance Defending FreedomÂ attorney,Â Kelly Fiedorek. There were no pro-equality advocates invited to address the committee.
Rep. Jones, apparently speaking to Stutzman, said, "until we get the public to accept that" being gay is strictly a sexual preference,Â "your desire to live in your Christian ethic, I think, is practically doomed, and Iâ€™m sorry to say that."
Dick Jones to Stutzman: "Your fight's going to be long and hard. The national psyche has already flipped over." #kslegâ€” Bryan Lowry (@BryanLowry3) February 17, 2016
Of course, Jones is incorrect. Being LGBT is not a "preference," it is an innate and inherent characteristic of a person, just as being heterosexual is.
Equality Kansas director Tom Witt "called Jones misinformed," theÂ Capital-Journal reports.Â
â€œHad this not been a one-sided presentation, we would have had an opportunity to set him straight on his understanding of what sexual orientation actually means,â€ Witt said.Â
Witt also posted these tweets during today's hearing:
Rep Bradford compares refusal to serve lgbt to refusal to.serve 'filthy' customers. #kslegâ€” Thomas Witt (@TomWitt) February 17, 2016
Rep Hildebrand compares religious objection to concientious objection #kslegâ€” Thomas Witt (@TomWitt) February 17, 2016
ADF sez this is different, says LGBT rights are a disservice to black civil rights #kslegâ€” Thomas Witt (@TomWitt) February 17, 2016
While the committee was not considering any legislation in conjunction with today's hearing, Kansas lawmakers recently have been waging an all-out campaign against LGBT people. Republicans in the Kansas legislature are trying to ban same-sex couples from adopting or even fostering children. Last year, GOP Gov. Sam BrownbackÂ signed a sweeping and far-reaching executive order to "protect" religious conservatives, in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage for same-sex couples.
Image via Kansas State Legislature