Trump appointee says LGBT protection rights could lead to paedophilia protection rights

Sam Clovis, a talk show host, who Donald Trump has nominated as chief scientist within the Department of Agriculture (USDA), believes LGBT behaviour is a lifestyle choice and protection laws for LGBT people could lead to the legalisation of paedophilia.

CNN’s KFile has discovered an interview with Clovis in 2014 where he discusses his view of homosexuality and LGBT rights.

“Someone who engages in LGBT behaviour — I don’t know what the science is on this, I think it’s still out — but as far as we know, LGBT behaviour is a choice they make,” he says.. “So we’re being asked to provide Constitutional protections for behaviour, a choice in behaviour as opposed to a primary characteristic.

“There’s no equivalency there between the civil rights issue associated between those protected classes and the civil rights of someone who engages in a particular behaviour.

“Follow the logic, if you engage in a particular behaviour, what also becomes protected? If we protect LGBT behaviour, what other behaviours are we going to protect? Are we going to protect paedophilia? Are we going to protect polyamorous marriage relationships? Are we going to protect people who have fetishes? What’s the logical extension of this? It can’t be that we’re going to protect LGBT and then we’ll pull up the ladder. That’s not going to happen, it defies logic. We’re not thinking the consequences of these decisions through.”

Democrats have criticised Clovis’s nomination as chief scientist to the USDA, saying that he has no experience for the job.