Civil rights

GOP candidate Vernon Jones says gay rights and civil rights are ‘two different things’

(The hill) – Georgia congressional candidate Vernon Jones (R) argued Thursday that gay rights should not be compared to the civil rights of people of color because being gay is a choice.

In a interview with former Trump aide Steve Bannon on his “War Room” podcast, Jones argued that the civil rights movement for African Americans and the civil rights movement for the LGBT community are “two different things.”

“Black civil rights and gay civil rights are two different things,” Jones told Bannon. “I don’t know what you are unless you tell me what you are if you’re gay. But when I walk into this room, you can tell I’m black from the cradle to the grave. Let’s not be confused.

Jones, who is running for a U.S. House seat in Georgia’s 10th District, has been endorsed by former President Trump.

He told Bannon that members of the LGBT community might change their identities.

“They can actually change. You can go from straight to gay to transgender and all those other genders,” Jones continued. “But when you’re black, I have no choice. I do not have a choice. So comparing the two… it rubs me the wrong way.

Jones initially put out a bid for Georgia governor, but announced in February he was dropping out of the race after meeting with Trump and the former president had endorsed former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) for governor.

LGBT rights, which relate specifically to the transgender community, have become a key issue in the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections.

Republican-led state legislatures across the country have introduced or passed bills banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth.

States like Florida, Utah, and Alabama have passed legislation prohibiting transgender women and girls from competing on sports teams that match their gender identity.

During Thursday’s interview, Jones accused Democrats of “breaking the moral fiber and fabric of the African-American community” with a woke ideology.

“To see what’s happening now, it’s not American,” Jones added. “It will take conservative African Americans to save the Republican Party. Because they saved us from slavery.