Michigan State Rep. Tom McMillin (R) said in 2003 that people “caught up in the homosexual lifestyle need help,” comparing them to smokers. Nine years later, his positions haven’t changed much. He told a town hall meeting last month that he still believes that homosexuality is a “lifestyle” and a “choice” that people can —and have — “come out” of:
QUESTIONER: Do you still believe that being gay is like smoking, that it’s a choice?
MCMILLIN: Well, I think that the thousands of people that have been in that lifestyle and have come out would say that it was their choice when they were in it and came out of the lifestyle.
QUESTIONER: Do you think some people are born gay?
MCMILLIN: You know, I don’t know.
QUESTIONER: But you think it’s a choice?
MCMILLIN: I think for some it is, I mean it sounds like it.
In a follow-up statement, McMillin simply tried to blame “a few liberals” from shifting the focus to such issues, refusing to comment further on the matter at hand.
Claims that there are “thousands” of ex-gays have never been substantiated.