Rep. Bates: OK to Discriminate Against Gays & Lesbians

Rep. David Bates, prime sponsor of the bill to repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage statute, is quite upfront about his homophobia. There is no justification, he says, for treating gays and lesbians as equal citizens with the same rights and privileges as heterosexuals.

“Civil rights have to do with intrinsic qualities that a person just can’t change,” such as race or gender, Bates said. Homosexuality doesn’t meet that criterion, he said, adding that not long ago it was referred to as “sexual preference.”

“There’s no other example of any basis that we afford a civil right based upon a behavior or a preferential choice,” he said.