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Kasich admits gay sexuality is ‘probably’ genetic

Kasich admits gay sexuality is ‘probably’ genetic

John Kasich is the governor of Ohio and Republican presidential candidate

Ohio Governor John Kasich is working hard to distance himself from some of his Republican peers on LGBTI issues..

The GOP presidential candidate was in California yesterday, 29 April, and was confronted by a Clinton supporter during a campaign stop at the Commonwealth Club of California.

Kelly Bryan, 62, of San Francisco asked the candidate the following:

‘I’m a 62-year-old gay man who came out to both of my parents at 19,’ Bryan said, according to MSNBC. ‘And I’ve been gay for 45, over 40 years. Gay people are human beings and not a lifestyle choice. Please respond without prayer being an answer.’

‘In terms of me, I don’t believe in discrimination, I think there is a balance, however, between discrimination and people’s religious liberties,’ Kasich responded. ‘But I think we should just try to, like, take a chill pill, relax, and try to get along with one another a little bit better instead of trying to write some law to solve a problem that doesn’t frankly exist in big enough numbers to justify more lawmaking.’

Bryan wasn’t pleased with this answer, reminding the governor the most recent GOP platform, passed in 2012, calls for a constitutional amendment making marriage a union between a man and woman.

Kasich argued he’s not defined by the party’s platform.

‘The Republican Party is my vehicle and not my master. I have a right to define the Republican Party, too, okay?’

Bryan pointed to Kentucky and Mississippi, states that have passed rabidly anti-LGBTI laws with the overwhelming support of Republicans. Kasich noted those opinions are not his, adding LGBTI people are born with same-sex sexuality.

‘They are not me. Okay? They are not me. I’m telling you my views,’ Kasich said. ‘Do I think that people are, are, you know, born gay? Probably. I’ve never studied the issue. But I don’t see any reason to hurt you or to discriminate you or make you feel bad or make you feel like a second class citizen.’

According to the New York Times, Kasich is fourth in the delegate count for the nomination. He trails Senator Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the race in March. Businessman/reality star Donald Trump leads at 956, Senator Ted Cruz is second at 546, Rubio 173, and Kasich 153.

To secure the nomination, a candidate needs a delegate count of 1,237.

The next primary is in Indiana on 3 May.