Florida Rep. Allen West has compared being gay to liking chocolate chip ice cream.
The 50-year-old conservative politician, who is African-American, told the Fort Lauderdale-based Sun Sentinel that he believes being gay is a choice.
“You cannot compare me and my race to a behavior. Sexuality is a behavior. And so yeah, I said I can't change my color. People can change their sexual behavior. And I've seen people do that. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, so I've seen a very different perspective on human behaviors. So that's where I'm coming from on that.”
He also said it was “unconscionable” for gay rights groups to threaten to boycott the businesses of the Wilton Manors Business Association for inviting him to speak to them on Monday. The threat prompted the association to cancel the meeting.
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