Rep. Lankford: Being Gay Is A ‘Behavior’ & a ‘Choice Issue’


Oklahoma Representative James Lankford in a video interview released by ThinkProgress says that being gay is a choice and is not the same as race, whereby he implies that anti-discrimination laws should perhaps not apply the same. Watch the video below:

Those comments once again:

STRASSER: Would you support a law that says you can’t fire someone for their sexual orientation —

KEYES: Similar to protections for people on race or gender?

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?”

KEYES: But you think that even if you can’t see they’re that way, you don’t think someone is born gay necessarily?

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

Rep. Lankford there proving that despite a whole host of scientific research and statements from various clinicians in affirmation of the fact that whatever causes homosexuality it is immutable and therefore not a choice, he thinks he knows better. And before the inevitable “this is my religious belief” defense surfaces from Lankford, a person can hold whatever beliefs on this issue that they like but that doesn’t make what they believe true. Only supporting evidence does that, and the evidence is not on his side.

Religious conservative Republicans like Rep. Lankford, and of course Rep. Allan West, seem to have an issue with employment protections that puts them out of step with Republican voters who overwhelmingly poll in favor of employment protections for LGBTs, and their own party where there are a number of moderate lawmakers who support the move.

Only last week a bipartisan group of senators issued a letter asking for a senate committee hearing on the Employment Non Discrimination Act that would prevent workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee is now set to take up the issue later this month. The outlook for ENDA in the House is less promising however.


Related Reading:

Rep. West: Anti-Gay Job Discrimination Doesn’t Exist

Senate Committee Agrees to LGBT Nondiscrimination Hearing

House GOP Advances Religious Right to Condemn Gay Soldiers


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Karen Friedman
karen Friedman6 years ago

So many backward dumb people , and Oklahoma has one for a Representive .

Phyllis Smith
Phyllis Smith6 years ago

Well,we now know where ignorant people live! Peace!

Lyn Franks
Lyn Franks6 years ago

Lying is a choice. Living authentically is also a choice. I tried living in the first choice once. Unfortunately, lying to myself and to others turned out to harm all involved. Once again, we hear from a member representing the" Party of Stupid"!

Shurree Kellam
Shurree Kellam6 years ago

i agree with the REP!

Linda T.
Linda T6 years ago

Hmmm. Whos says that Oklahoma lives in the 21st century?

Carole F.
Carole f6 years ago

OMGosh! he must be kidding!! before anyone makes a comment like this, at least, be informed and EDUCATED!!!

Beth K.
.6 years ago

Joseph is right, being a jerk is a choice.

Andy Anderson
Andy Anderson6 years ago

God knows SCORN is so easy .... but PITY is surely more appropriate!!! What a sad pathetic misguided ignorant man!!!!!

Totall separate [of course] but is there an inbreeding problem in Oklahoma?????? Just askin' !!!

Peg W.
Peg W6 years ago

@Gene B. I was about to ask him if he has a lifetime membership in "The Flat Earth Society" but I see you beat me to the punch. And someone mentioned "a new lifestyle choice." I hate to tell her homosexuality has been around for a long, long time.

Glenda L.
Glenda L6 years ago

Well said Michael M. Buddy obviously hasn't read much on the issue. Hasn't there been research done that shows it's not a choice.