Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says that being gay doesn’t deserve legal protection under the civil rights laws.
KING: It’s clear in the civil rights section of the code that you can’t discriminate against people based upon — and I’m not sure I’ve got the list right — but race, creed, religion, color of skin — those kind of things. And 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.
His point — aside from the one under his comb-over — is that people choose to be gay and therefore don’t deserve civil rights protection. Unlike religion, which everyone knows is innate… right?
He’s worried that people will pretend to be gay just so they can sue some businesses.
KING: The one thing that I reference when I say “self-professed” is: how do you know who to discriminate against? They about have to tell you. And, you know, are they then setting up a case? Is this about bringing a grievance or is it actually about a service that they’d like to have? And doesn’t free enterprise provide that service if the demand is there? Someone can open up a cake shop, can’t they?
Oh, damn, he’s on to us. Now I have to come out to my friends and family that I’m really straight and all that I’ve been going through my entire life, including fifteen years with a really great guy, but also being bullied and threatened by bigots on several occasions, was so I could put the squeeze on some baker in Arizona.
And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for that meddling douchebag Steve King.