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Steve King: Gays Don't Deserve Equal Rights Because Homosexuality Can't Be 'Independently Verified': VIDEO

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Congressman Steve King (R-IA) told Des Moines' WHO TV that he disagrees with Jan Brewer's veto of Arizona's SB 1062, the bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs, Right Wing Watch reports.

Said King:

"When you’re in the private sector and you’re an individual entrepreneur with God-given rights that our founding fathers defined in the Declaration, you should be able to make our own decisions on what you do in that private business."

King went on to argue that homosexuality is "self-professed behavior"

"That’s what they’re trying to protect is special rights for self-professed behavior."

King added:

“If it’s not specifically protected in the Constitution, then it’s got to be an immutable characteristic, that being a characteristic that can be independently verified and cannot be willfully changed.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. does he know people can hear him when he talks?

    Posted by: anon | Mar 3, 2014 8:03:17 PM


  2. Someone needs to hook him up to a plethysmograph and show him gay porn

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 3, 2014 8:09:47 PM


  3. I am disappointed Jan Brewer vetoed the bill. I wanted it to go into law because it would have bankrupted the state. There would have been endless lawsuits which we would have won.

    It would have been an excellent example of what happens to your state if you let the Republicans run your state with no Democrats to keep them in check. Without Democrats in the government the U.S.A. would be as insane as China or Russia.

    Allowing this bill would have been the fastest way to turn Arizona Democrat.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Mar 3, 2014 8:11:19 PM


  4. Why is he an expert on this? He has done some experimentation himself?

    Posted by: simon | Mar 3, 2014 8:31:25 PM


  5. By King's "reasoning" religion should not be protected because religious belief cannot be independently verified and can be willfully changed.

    What an idiot. How did he hoodwink the good people of Iowa into electing him?

    Posted by: S. | Mar 3, 2014 8:35:40 PM


  6. How about the God given right to be treated equally as a human being buddy?

    While we are at it, I don't think God would be all that happy with the private sector's "profits at all costs" mentality. This constant strive for profits while destroying the planet (natural resources, pollution), hurting your fellow man/families (tossing people to the curb because you didn't make Wall Street's goal for one quarter, but the CEO still gets the million dollar bonus. Off-shoring). You know, God doesn't take too kindly to the all-mighty dollar crowd.

    Posted by: BETTY | Mar 3, 2014 8:39:06 PM


  7. Let's set this (pardon the expression)L straight: I knew I was gay when I was at least 4 years old. I did not know what sex was, but I knew what sex I was attracted to. I was and still am a proud gay Christian man. I was born gay, I chose to continue to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ because I believe: 1. God does not mistakes and 2. Jesus taught love and acceptance to EVERYONE. Not one word about homosexuality appears in the The New Testament (the side of the Bible that Jesus (which is where the term "Christian" arises from).
    So to summarize, the side of the church or a church or no church you CHOOSE is the choice here, not how a person was created by our God, our Creator, who sacrificed God's son for the sins of the people of God's earth). Amen, and please Mr. King, re-read (or read) your Bible.

    Posted by: Scott K | Mar 3, 2014 8:39:22 PM


  8. @ANON - love you. These fanatics will say and do anything in hopes of discrediting gay people. It just isn't going to happen.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 3, 2014 8:42:16 PM


  9. Just when I think that conservatives can't be any more willfully obtuse, they go and dial the ignorance all the way past 11.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Mar 3, 2014 8:49:51 PM


  10. Heterosexuality is self-professed as well. The thing is, he's straight and sociopathic and can't identify or even think outside his little bubble so everyone is heterosexual. self-aborbed Prima donna.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Mar 3, 2014 8:50:59 PM


  11. I thought they were kidding when they first wheeled this out, but nope, looks like the Right really is trying this whole "you don't deserve rights because gay doesn't exist" thing. And if THAT isn't the last gasp of the desperate, I have no idea what would be.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Mar 3, 2014 8:59:41 PM


  12. Then don't tax us. We are not your slaves. Tax us equal, treat us equal. Period. No arguments. No compromise.

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 3, 2014 9:06:13 PM


  13. I've independently verified that their side has lost, but they're free to blather all they want.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Mar 3, 2014 9:10:34 PM


  14. Steve: "Someone needs to hook him up to a plethysmograph and show him gay porn"

    Nah, that's not till Thursday evening in the King residence.

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 3, 2014 9:11:38 PM


  15. At this point all I'm hearing from these people is "blah blah blah, I'm ashamed to admit I like the c*ck."

    Posted by: Bravo | Mar 3, 2014 9:11:46 PM


  16. Jackass.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Mar 3, 2014 9:11:48 PM


  17. Sexual Orientation is not Behavior, Moron. If we Castrate you Mr. King, Do you stop being Heterosexual?

    Posted by: elwoodl | Mar 3, 2014 9:14:09 PM


  18. He realizes that everything he just said about homosexuality applies to religion, right?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 3, 2014 9:27:10 PM


  19. Who says Steve King is straight? I wouldn't be surprised if he's bi.

    Posted by: roger | Mar 3, 2014 9:33:31 PM


  20. He may be heterosexual, but to have that independently verified, he'd have to produce a woman who would actually do it with him.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 3, 2014 9:34:36 PM


  21. “If it’s not specifically protected in the Constitution, then it’s got to be an immutable characteristic, that being a characteristic that can be independently verified and cannot be willfully changed.”

    False. This is exactly backwards. Individual rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution are withheld from the government and retained by the people--not the other way around--as set forth in the 9th and 10th Amendments:

    IX. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    X. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


    Further, the 5th and 14th Amendments explicitly protect "liberty." So if sexual orientation is immutable, then fine, we agree it should be protected. But it still warrants protection even if it's a choice, because the Constitution explicitly protects choice.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 3, 2014 9:39:41 PM


  22. so at that point people then have the right to organize a boycott against bigotry and the bigots really need to stop playing the victim

    Posted by: walter | Mar 3, 2014 9:41:50 PM


  23. So who independently verified that God exists?

    Posted by: Matt N | Mar 3, 2014 10:10:13 PM


  24. "So who independently verified that God exists?"

    Kirk Cameron. He has a video. Can't remember if it was Lego building blocks or Jungo sticks he used. Real Ugandan science though.

    Posted by: RayRay | Mar 3, 2014 10:22:47 PM


  25. An ignorant, deranged bigot says what?

    Posted by: Robert M. | Mar 3, 2014 10:34:17 PM


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