Or being gay is like being a chocolate chip . . . or eating ice cream is like being gay . . . or some other completely ignorant, amusingly stupid thing.
U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., made those comments while on a break from Congress during a meeting with South Florida Sun-Sentinel editors and reporters Tuesday.
When asked whether people should change their behavior and not be gay, West replied, “No. I like chocolate chip ice cream, and I will continue to like chocolate chip ice cream. So there’s no worry about me changing to vanilla. I like to, you know, ride my motorcycle. What do you want me to do? You want me to change my behavior and ride a scooter? I’m not into that.”
It’s the second time in less than a month that West has sparked controversy with his words.
West sent an email to other members of Congress last month after fellow U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., criticized his stance on Medicare in a House speech after he left the chamber floor.
In the email, West said she was “vile, unprofessional and despicable.”
Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, who will run against West in the next election, said his “comments continue to embarrass South Florida.”