Oklahoma City Council member David Greenwell said this week that he opposed housing protections for LGBT people because a Christian couple could be forced to rent their garage apartment to gay men.
On Tuesday, the council debated adding sexual orientation and gender identity to an ordinance that already prevented discrimination in the house sector based on age, familial status, disability, race, color, sex, religion, creed, ancestry or national origin.
Citing his Christian faith, Councilman Larry McAtee called the amendment “a step in the wrong direction.”
Greenwell agreed, noting that it would force Christians to rent out “a spare room over their garage” to LGBT people even if they did not want to “condone that kind of lifestyle.”
“[They] would prefer not to rent out to people of the LGBT community,” he explained. “We’re taking that person’s right away, I believe, with this ordinance. And that part disturbs me, to take that person’s ability to rent out a spare room in that kind of a situation.”
“Just like I believe and I wouldn’t want to condone my children, for example, to live together outside of marriage,” Greenwell continued. “Now, I may be considered old fashioned in that regard, but I don’t think it’s right.”
Vice Mayor Pete White argued that the Christian couple “wouldn’t be effected one way or another by having someone live in their garage apartment.”
“If it challenges their religious beliefs, they need to work on their marriage,” he quipped. “It’s not something that challenges your belief. It’s just preventing you from discriminating against somebody else.”
Although opponents pushed to delay the vote so the issue could be studied, the council eventually passed the amendment 5-4 during the Tuesday session.
Watch the video below from the Oklahoma City Council.
WATCH: Trump supporters yell ‘white power’ as 2020 convoy speeds through college town
Supporters of President Donald Trump were caught on video over the weekend shouting "white power" as they participated in a convoy to bolster the Republican ticket.
The incident was said to have occurred in Elon, a small college town in North Carolina.
According to the Triad City Beat, the convoy was organized by conservative activist Gary Williamson, who coordinated with the local Young Republicans chapter.
Watch the video below.
Video clip shows supporters in a Trump convoy passing through Elon, NC shouting "White power!" two separate times. ACTBAC founder Gary Williamson organized the convoy, which coordinated w/ a Alamance County Young Republicans event #Election2020 #ncpol pic.twitter.com/VQo8Hmgkc0
‘A bridge too far’: Fox News analyst destroys Barr’s ‘absurd’ desire to charge rioters with sedition
Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, a former judge, on Thursday pushed back against Attorney General William Barr's call to charge violent protesters with sedition.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Barr told federal prosecutors that they could use sedition laws in cases where protests turn violent.
Napolitano explained during an appearance on Fox & Friends that charging protesters with sedition would be a "bridge too far."
"There's nothing wrong with aggressive prosecution," Napolitano said. "But this is not the case for sedition. I mean, the sedition laws -- which by the way, go back to 1798 -- the sedition laws were written for those who plan and plot to overthrow the government, either by violence or by some other means."
‘It’s verboten?’ Newt Gingrich cries out after Fox News cuts him off for blaming violence on George Soros
A Fox News panel shut down former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) on Wednesday after he tried to blame George Soros for violent protests in America.
Gingrich brought up the liberal billionaire's name during a discussion about the cost of violence linked to anti-police protests.
"Look, the number one problem in almost all these cities is George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up," Gingrich opined. "Progressive district attorney are anti-police, pro-criminal and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros' money and they are a major cause of the violence we're seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the streets."