Kirk Humphreys knew he was about to make a lot of people mad.
The former Oklahoma City mayor and current member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents said so before he made comments about gay people and pedophiles that have him under fire.
“Is homosexuality right or wrong?” Humphreys asked during a local TV public affairs show Monday. “It’s not relative, there’s a right and wrong. If it’s OK, then it’s OK for everybody and, quite frankly, it’s OK for men to sleep with little boys.”
Calls to resign
The backlash was swift and severe. OU President David Boren released a statement separating himself and the university from Humphreys’ comments.
“I do not share his views on this matter,” Boren said.
Multiple LGBTQ organizations condemned Humphreys and called for him to resign from the Board of Regents, calling his comments “disheartening and dangerous for LGBTQ youth.”
As Humphreys was widely criticized for his remarks, Humphreys bowed to the pressure and apologized late Monday, telling NewsOK that he didn’t mean to equate “homosexuality with pedophilia.”
He didn’t, however, back off of his belief that homosexuality is wrong.
“That was not my intention or desire,” Humphreys said. “I apologize for my lack of clarity and realize this has resulted in a strong reaction by some and has hurt people’s feelings. For clarification, my moral stance about homosexuality is that it is against the teachings of Scripture. Although, I know that upsets some people, it is my belief. In America, we have the right to believe as we choose and to freely express that belief.”
Humphreys’ controversial comments came shortly after the 7:30 mark in the below video, during a discussion about sexual misconduct among lawmakers.
(H/T The Oklahoman)