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Gays Want ‘Special Rights For Self-Professed Behavior’ Says Tea Party Congressman

by David Badash on March 3, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics

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Tea Party Congressman Steve King isn’t happy with Jan Brewer. After the Republican Arizona governor vetoed SB-1062, King, who serves the people of Iowa, went on a local TV news talk show and disparaged gays and civil rights laws, all in one fell swoop.

King, curiously thinks that entrepreneurs have “God-given rights that our founding fathers defined in the Declaration,” but gay people don’t have any rights.

Why?

Because being gay is a “self-professed behavior” and can’t be “independently verified.”

King, in 2012, said that gays should lie about their sexuality unless they want to risk being fired for being gay, which government can’t stop. An d in 2009, King wanted the name of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill changed to the “Local Law Enforcement Thought Crimes Prevention Act of 2009,” because he doesn’t believe in the concept of hate crimes.

But apparently, King all of a sudden has forgotten all the thing he’s said about LGBT people, now that there’s a legal standard to be met.

“Although it’s clear in the civil rights section of the code that you can’t discriminate against people based upon …race, creed, religion, color of skin, those kinds of things,” Rep. King said, “there’s nothing mentioned in there on self-professed behavior, and that’s what they’re trying to perfect, is special rights for self-professed behavior, and I think it’s difficult for us to define a law that would protect behavior.”

Hmm…

“Difficult for us to define a law that would protect behavior.”

Let’s see how difficult that would be…

Oh yes, how about Arizona’s SB-1062, which would protect the behavior of discriminating against gay people, by people of faith — which is a “self-professed behavior” that can’t be “independently verified.”

These right wing Tea Party religious zealots just keep making this easier and easier and easier…

Hat tip: Right Wing Watch

 

Previously:

Steve King: ‘It’s wrong for us to compel pro-life people to pay taxes to fund abortion’

Watch: Rep. Steve King: “Enemies” Of America: “Liberals, Progressives, Maoists, Socialists, Marxists…”

What The Right Wing Is Saying About Iowa’s Gay Marriage Decision

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{ 6 comments }

mjsimmons March 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

No, they do not want special right, they want equal rights. Why should someones sexual orientation matter. This is a civil rights issue and one our nation should be all about protecting. Equal Rights for all!

labman57 March 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Isn't religion a "self-professed behavior"?
… and unlike sexual orientation, it has no genetic and/or congenital origin.

doug1408 March 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm

And is clearly a choice that can be changed or overcome.

SeanLiberty13 March 3, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Nope.

James_M_Martin March 4, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Is anyone paying attention to anything this ignoramus says?

LauraW1985 March 5, 2014 at 10:35 am

I live in Steve King's district. He's an embarrassment of epic proportions. I did my part by voting against him, but unfortunately, I was outnumbered. Every time he opens his mouth, I feel shame, because obviously there are enough people where I live who thinks that the drivel he espouses is okay.

Obviously, being gay is not a choice or self-professed behavior. Religion, however, is. And religion is protected. So even if being gay were a choice, his point would still be invalid.

I can't wait until he's up for reelection again so I can vote for his opponent with flourish.

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