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Cory Booker Goes After Mike Pompeo During Confirmation Hearing, Asks If He Believes: “Is being gay a perversion?”

“America had worshiped other Gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle” - Mike Pompeo

In 2015 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, Mike Pompeo, the president’s nominee to head the State Department, called the decision “wrong” and “a shocking abuse of power.”

In a statement condemning the decision at that time, the then-Kansas congressman said:

“I am deeply saddened by the Supreme Court’s ruling that imposes legalized gay marriage on the 70 percent of Kansans who voted to honor and protect the traditional definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman. It is a shocking abuse of power. It is wrong. I will continue to fight to protect our most sacred institutions.”

During  Pompeo’s, Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of state Thursday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) pushed Pompeo on his previous comments, particularly his suggestion that homosexuality was a “perversion.”

Booker: “Is being gay a perversion?”

Pompeo: “Senator, when I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry. I stand by that.”

Booker: “So, you do not believe that it’s appropriate for two gay people to marry?”

Pompeo: “Senator, I continue to hold that view.”

Booker went on to remind Pompeo that as secretary of state, he would be representing the U.S. internationally in countries where gay people are persecuted for their sexual orientation.

In 2015, Pompeo former congressman cited a prayer previously delivered before the Kansas State Legislature at a God and Country Rally at an evangelical church in Kansas .

“America had worshiped other Gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle,” Pompeo said.

Republicans, of course have largely praised Pompeo, whose nomination is on track to end up before the full Senate by the end of the month, according to Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

Will he get the position? 

Pompeo’s performance seemed to please Republicans on the panel, but with the defection of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who surprisingly strongly opposes Pompero and with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) home receiving treatment for cancer, he will need support from Democrats to win confirmation which should be a hard task. No Democrats on the panel have so far offered their support.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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