During a November 14 sermon at a church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the state’s lieutenant governor, Mark Robinson, called his relationship with his wife “superior” to that of a gay couple. Robinson’s remarks were captured on video.
Robinson told the congregation that a gay man once asked him, “So, you think your wife and you – you think your heterosexual relationship is superior to my husband and my homosexual relationship?”
He said he responded by telling the man yes, and he justified his answer by saying two men cannot conceive a child. “These people are superior because they can do something these people can’t do,” he said. “Because that’s the way God created it to be. And I’m tired of this society trying to tell me it’s not so.”
Robinson also questioned the “purpose” of homosexuality: “If homosexuality is of God, what purpose does it serve? What does it make? What does it create? It creates nothing.”
He was introduced in the church as North Carolina’s “next governor,” as he is allegedly preparing to run for the state’s highest office. Earlier footage that was leaked this year showed Robinson calling homosexuality “filth,” and he said teaching children LGBTQ facts is “child abuse.”
He said that “there’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality – any of that filth.” Robinson continued, “And yes, I called it filth. And if you don’t like that I called it filth, come see me and I’ll explain it to you.”
Following those remarks, Robinson refused to step down, despite receiving condemnation from even the Biden administration. A deputy press secretary from North Carolina, Andrew Bates, criticized Robinson’s comments, saying, “These words are repugnant and offensive. The role of a leader is to bring people together and stand up for the dignity and rights of everyone; not to spread hate and undermine their own office.”
Robinson responded in a post on Facebook: “Let me tell you plainly right here and right now: I will not back down.” He said that while he will fight for the rights of all citizens, “including those in the LGBTQ[+] community,” he will also “continue to fight for the rights of our children to receive an education that is free from sexual concepts that do not belong in the classroom.”