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Michigan State Rep. Says Being Gay Is A 'Lifestyle Choice': VIDEO

In 2003, Michigan State Representative Tom McMillin told The Detroit News that he believes people choose to be gay and need help. "I think that the people who are caught up in the homosexual lifestyle need help. We encourage people to stop smoking. This resolution is the same sort of thing," the Republican said. That was six years ago and McMillin's views haven't really changed. He still thinks being gay is a choice and that people can choose to be straight.

Asked during a town hall meeting held late last month whether he stands by those comments, McMillin said yes, telling his audience that people can "come out" of homosexuality. "I think that the thousands of people that have been in that lifestyle and come out would say that it was their choice when they were in and came out of the lifestyle," he said in a comment caught on video included AFTER THE JUMP.

"I think for some it is, it sounds like it," McMillin said when again asked whether he thinks being gay is a choice. According to The Oakland Press, McMillin cited actresss Anne Heche as an example of someone who "left" homosexuality.

Former Ferndale, Michigan, mayor Craig Covey spoke out against McMillin, saying, "The science says that it is not a choice, but I'll tell you what is a choice, being a prejudiced person, being a bigot, being anti-gay — that is a choice, and it is a choice that Tom McMillin has made."

McMillin's office responded to the video with an email message claiming it is simple a liberal distraction: "A few liberals clearly want to take the focus off what we’ve been accomplishing."

Watch the video report AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. The nature/nurture debate is a waste of time and completely misses the point. We need to start taking real responsibility--and pride--in our lives. And that means owning up to the fact that we choose to live the way we do.

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 7, 2012 3:02:07 AM

  2. Matt, I agree that we choose to live the lifestyle we live. The thing about these anti-gay bigots, however, is that they consider innate sexual orientation to be a choice. They thus conflate orientation with choice, partly because they refuse to believe that God created us.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 7, 2012 5:03:23 AM

  3. Anne Heche is bisexual. But she had an abusive gay father and an insane mother. Both ultra-religious nutjobs. She was abused by both of them and just had a horrible upbringing. Because of that she also developed dissociative personality disorder as a way to cope with it. Given that environment it's no surprise that she didn't come out sooner - she was told all her life that she would burn in hell for it. Then the press viciously attacked her for no reason and killed her career for many years (she is having a comeback now) - never considering why she may never have told anyone before. So as a result her agent quickly forced her into a straight relationship. Fortunately, the press has grown up since then. They handled Portia deRossi pretty well for example.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 7, 2012 6:50:18 AM

  4. He gets his information from conservapedia, which has an extensive section on the diseases ALL gay men inevitably get. (sigh) As Tre points out, there are plenty of straights (especially young people in today's hook up culture) who behave in a sufficiently similar way that his agrument implies the censuring of the normal, inherently moral heterosexuality, which of course is NOT in conservapedia. It is truly sad that some on the Religious Right still believe that HIV/AIDS is caused by poppers and the execution of anal sex. They do not want to accept the pandemic of straight transmitted HIV/AIDS in Africa.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 7, 2012 7:18:03 AM

  5. Steve,

    Please, stop playing the victim card for Anne Heche. I personally think she knew exactly what she was doing.

    On women in general, I really don't like women who try to equate their experience to ours as men. As I've said a million times, female sexuality is COMPLETELY different from male sexuality. Women can easily fake theirs.

    On the legal side, lesbians have never been oppressed to the same extent that we gay men have been. It's we gay men who have suffered the force of law against us. Sodomy laws were brought in to oppress gay men, not lesbians. Lesbians and bisexual women have sought to ride on our coat-tails in the gay rights movement.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 7, 2012 7:29:08 AM

  6. Ugh, they could make much headway with the "unnatural" argument against homosexuality, now they are back to the dispelling "choice" notion. What is this? The 90's?

    Posted by: Monroe | Oct 7, 2012 10:13:39 AM

  7. I don't see his opinions as mattering that much. We should be pressuring the press to ask harder follow up questions. It's a bit whack-a-mole-ish to go after these guys.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 7, 2012 12:18:05 PM

  8. if it were a choice then The Closet simply wouldn't exist.

    there would be no conservative anti-gay males who get busted with their ankles in the air in a motel or their lips open wide at a gloryhole.

    but The Closet does exist. because people are unable to reconcile who and what they are in a culture still predisposed to prejudice against them for who and what they are.

    i can't believe it's 2012 and we're still having this discussion.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 7, 2012 12:25:26 PM

  9. btw, any cowards who come on to say "sex and drugs are promoted in the gay male social scene" is clearly an idiot who cannot get laid.

    they pretend "the scene" is a bacchanalian charnel house of horrors as an excuse for not being a part of it, when the reality is they're too cowardly to go out and experience it themselves.


    and as every intelligent poster knows, and has said, even if it WERE a choice there's no intelligent reason why a person shouldn't be allowed to choose it, nor be punished FOR choosing it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 7, 2012 12:27:54 PM

  10. God created LGBT people the same as he did straight people, God also created all people gay and straight equal. Straights who are anti-gay have chosen to be evil and hateful which is going against God's creation and a sin and they are the ones joining forces with Satan.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 7, 2012 12:29:02 PM

  11. Everybody knows that god created gay men so that fat girls would have somebody to dance with at the disco.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 7, 2012 11:49:17 PM

  12. It is true: if most men looked like Tom McMillan, even we Kinsey 6 types would be driven to heterosexuality! NO DOUBT!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 8, 2012 12:12:51 AM



    Not all but lots of the anti gays are simply terrified of coming out and use hatred of gay people to hide who they are

    I could respect them if they simply kept their mouth shut, and eg the legislature simply recused themselves from voting for or against gay issues

    But when they are Benedict arnolds to hell with them.

    I've participated in outing the two chief homophobes of hte MD legislature.

    One is divorced now - his wife left him. The other - the wife is working on it

    Good riddance to DD and RD

    Posted by: billywingartenso | Oct 8, 2012 2:04:58 AM

  14. He still thinks being gay is a choice and that people can choose to be straight.

    Posted by: Rosana Rodrigue | Oct 8, 2012 3:26:52 AM

  15. @JASON Honey, you need to lay down the pipe and stop trolling the truck-stop tea rooms before you make idiotic blanket statements that describe your own sad life choices as a gay man and not those of other gay men.

    Then, you need to get a grip.

    Then, sit down and shut up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 8, 2012 10:26:04 AM

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