"I cannot change my color. But people can change their sexual behavior, " Rep. Allen West said in an interview with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

How does he know? He says he's "seen it" (and being from Atlanta somehow makes him an authority on this).

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That said, the congressman says doesn't expect gay people to become straight any more than he expects to stop eating chocolate chip ice cream or trade in his motorcycle for a scooter. "Everyone has the same basic rights, and no one is telling people in the gay community that they don't have the same basic rights that any American has," he notes.

It's unclear what exactly is encompassed by West's definition of "basic" rights, but we have a suspicion that when it comes to issues like marriage, the Tea Party-backed Republican congressman might not be very enthusiastic about putting gay people and chocolate chip ice cream eaters on equal footing.

Read more at Mediaite.

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