CIA Director Mike Pompeo is testifying before the Senate right now, and not only said he opposed same-sex marriage but refused to say if he believes gay sex is perversion.
Pompeo, a far right wing Christian conservative and former Tea Party Republican U.S. Congressman stood his ground under intense questioning by Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey.
After referring to a quote Pompeo had made about LGBT people, Sen. Booker asked the nominee directly, “Is being gay a perversion?”
“When I was a politician,” Pompeo responded, “I had a view it whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry. I stand by that view,” Pompeo stated.
“Senator, I continue to hold that view –” Pompeo said after Booker asked him to clarify. He then began to laugh uncomfortably, saying, “It’s the same view, for the record –”
“And so, people in the State Dept.,” Booker pressed on, “you do not believe that should be allowed?” he asked, referring to same-sex marriages.
“We have married gay couples at the CIA, you should know, I treated them with the exact same set of rights,” Pompeo said.
“Do you believe gay sex is a perversion?” Booker asked.
As Pompeo literally began to babble, Booker pushed: “Yes or No?”
“My respect for every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation, is the same.”
Sec. of State nominee Mike Pompeo says he does not approve of same-sex marriage, adding: "We have married gay couples at the CIA…I treated them with the exact same set of rights." https://t.co/sYJgkDU78v pic.twitter.com/9X3B59bJ30
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