A North Florida state lawmaker was recorded joking about executing gay people at a political meeting in Pensacola.
In the recording, Republican Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola talks about how being gay is “a choice” and “a behavior” and that gay people don’t deserve the same type of civil rights protection under the law as is offered for religion or race.
A citizen says: “In 1 Corinthians, it says that a man who has an affair with another man will be put to death.”
Hill responds: “It says that in the Old Testament, too.”
Another citizen asks: “Can you introduce legislation?”
Hill starts laughing along with others in the room and says: “I wonder how that would go over?”
The recording was posted online by the Pensacola News Journal and by the New Civil Rights Movement website. The News Journal reported that it was recorded at a meeting of a Pensacola-based group called Women for Responsible Legislation.