A Republican lawmaker has claimed that there is a “distinction” between human beings and homosexuals.
Rick Brattin, a Republican lawmaker in the Missouri House of Representatives, made the shocking claim during a debate over a bill amendment to protect LGBT people from discrimination.
Arguing against the amendment, Mr Brattin claimed it would infringe upon religious liberty.
He then claimed: “When you look at the tenets of religion, of the Bible, of the Qu’ran, of other religions, there is a distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being.”
The comment, which Mr Brattin has declined to explain, has been met with shock in the local community.
In an editorial, The Kansas City Star wrote: “The statement, made on the Missouri House floor, was deplorable.
“It betrayed a stunning lack of understanding of theology and self-government: The Constitution protects all Americans from the tyranny of any single faith-based approach to secular law.