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Oklahoma GOP Congressman James Lankford Explains Why it's Okay to Fire Someone for Being Gay: VIDEO


Think Progress caught up with GOP Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford on Capitol Hill last week and asked him if he would support legislation that prohibits firing someone from their job because of their sexual orientation.

Said Lankford:

Well, you’re now dealing with behavior and I’m trying to figure out exactly what you’re trying to mean by that. Because you’re dealing with — race and sexual preferences are two different things. One is a behavior-related and preference-related and one is something inherently — skin color, something obvious, that kind of stuff. You don’t walk up to someone on the street and look at them and say, “Gay or straight?”

Lankford, you see, doesn't believe someone is born gay:

No. I don’t. I think it’s a choice issue. Are tendencies and such? Yes. But I think it’s a choice issue.


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  1. Oh, and I would add that one of the proofs that religion is a choice is missionaries (like Mitt Romney was) and door-to-door proselytizers. They attempt to get you to CHOOSE their religion over many other options. If you already practice a religion they want to convince you that their is better.

    If religion wasn't a choice there would be no need for "salesmen" to promote it. There would be no need for missionaries to go to poor countries and extort fealty to their religion in exchange for food and shelter.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 15, 2012 1:48:48 PM

  2. How is it possible that nature "chose" to produce a creature somewhere in between Draco Malfoy and Beavis?

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | May 15, 2012 2:53:09 PM

  3. People who say that same gender desire is a choice are ADMITTING THAT THEY FEEL IT TOO! They fight against it and choose not to indulge, which is very difficult, so they want some acknowledgment of their efforts. To them, the people who just give in are taking the easy way out and are therefore deserving of scorn.

    And this guy is no lumberjack, lemme tell ya.

    Posted by: Rob | May 15, 2012 8:12:16 PM

  4. Um, he didn't answer the question.

    Think it's hilarious that his immediate response is "have you seen a piece of legislation on that, are you referencing a specific one?" like his first reaction was to NOT get caught with his pants down. Gotta wonder just how attentive he is to the legislation he's VOTING ON!

    Posted by: jim | May 15, 2012 8:25:17 PM

  5. Yep..another closet case OKie Republican hiding behind God. Jeez...there's so many here.

    Posted by: Rob in OKC | May 15, 2012 8:44:24 PM

  6. This guy got hit with ginger gay face.

    Posted by: Richard Harney | May 15, 2012 9:44:04 PM

  7. he looks like a mortician.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | May 16, 2012 1:11:28 AM

  8. It does puzzle me that many gay people who post on this site seem to think that the worst thing they can say about an enemy is that they are probably closeted homosexuals. They are basing that conclusion on what?

    Posted by: andrew | May 16, 2012 2:21:41 AM

  9. I am making a new religion. It´s called Gaylegion. The praying rituals include having what outsiders might perceive as gay sex.

    You can just practice your religion under protection of the US constitution.

    Take opportunity of the special offer, first 2000 members can sign up for only $10 a year (+pp for the card)

    Posted by: Aeronaut | May 16, 2012 8:17:12 AM

  10. @CAMSF:

    The only thing the First Amendment explicitly guarantees with respect to religion is that the government can't mandate it. Just looking at that amendment alone, any private company would have the right to fire someone based on religion (as happened in the past). The reason that's illegal now is because of laws that came later.

    Posted by: Rafi | May 17, 2012 11:38:36 AM

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