GOP Presidential candidate John Kasich said that some people are “probably” born gay, after he was pressed for an answer by a member of his audience. The Ohio governor further added that he doesn’t “know how it all works.”
Republican presidential candidate and governor John Kasich said he doesn’t know if people are born gay, but added that they “probably” were. He was been pressed for an answer by Kelly Bryan. The 62-year-old Bryan, a resident of San Francisco, later shared that he is gay and described himself as a Democrat, reported MSNBC. Bryan even added that he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton, and was at the event because he was concerned about the steady deterioration of LGBT rights. Bryan set off a lengthy discussion with Kasich.
“I’m a 62-year-old gay man who came out to both of my parents at 19. And I’ve been gay for 45, over 40 years. Gay people are human beings and not a lifestyle choice. Please respond without prayer being an answer.”
Bryan was referring to the speech John Kasich had given earlier during the Commonwealth Club of California event, where he was a featured guest, reported CNN. During the event, Kasich had earlier responded to Bryan’s persistent queries by saying, “We’d all be better off in this country if we prayed more.”
Kasich went on to say, at length, what religion means to him. Moreover, without answering the man’s initial question, he turned to the issue of religious liberty laws.
“In terms of me, I don’t believe in discrimination, I think there is a balance, however, between discrimination and people’s religious liberties. But I think we should just try to, like, take a chill pill, relax, and try to get along with one another a little bit better instead of trying to write some law to solve a problem that doesn’t frankly exist in big enough numbers to justify more lawmaking.”
Kasich is known to start discussing such topics, whenever he is confronted with LGBT issues. However, Bryan kept on.
“Republicans don’t believe in marriage equality, it’s your platform.”
Kasich attempted to answer the same by noting that he believed in traditional marriage, but recently attended a gay weeding.
“My wife and I went to the wedding. It was great, it was fine,” he casually noted.
Bryan then went to ask Kasich whether people are born gay, reported The New Civil Rights Movement. Sensing this was a very tricky question, Kasich attempted to dodge the same by saying he didn’t want to get “into the analysis of this or that.” But as the moderator attempted to end the discussion, Kasich engaged Bryan.
“You don’t want to skip over these things, all right? I mean, he’s concerned. And I appreciate it. Do I think that people are, you know, born gay? Probably. You know, sir, probably. I mean, I don’t, I don’t know how it all works, okay? I mean, look. Are they? You know, probability they are. Okay?
“I’ve never studied the issue. But I don’t see any reason to hurt you or to discriminate you or make you feel bad or make you feel like a second-class citizen. I don’t think that’s right.”
After the event, Bryan clarified that he didn’t expect a “very different answer,” but had asked the questions only to get Kasich to admit that being gay wasn’t a lifestyle or choice that people made, reported NBC News.
“I simply wanted it to be answered that gay people are born gay and that it is not a lifestyle or chosen because why would anyone choose to be gay? He had to cop to saying, gay people are, his word, ‘probably are born that way’ and that was probably the winningiest point and that was my first question.”
LGBT rights have become a routinely discussed topic, especially after states like North Carolina and Mississippi have recently passed laws that are viewed as discriminatory against the LGBT community.
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