Kasich: Homosexuals Are 'Probably' Born Gay, Shouldn't Be Discriminated Against

The Ohio governor said he sees no reason for discrimination against gay people.

The remarks came during an intense exchange between the Ohio governor and a 62-year-old gay man at a town-hall style meeting. San Francisco resident Kelly Bryan repeatedly asked Kasich if he believed gay people were born gay.

"Do I think that people are, you know, born gay?" Kasich said, after Bryan pressed him several times. "Probably. I’ve never studied the issue, but I don’t see any reason to hurt you or discriminate [against] you or make you feel bad or make you feel like a second-class citizen."

"When you live on the negative side, when you feed people’s anger -- you see what happened here today? I heard about it," Kasich said before addressing attendees. "People chaining themselves to a fence trying to prevent somebody from coming -- I mean, you see what's happening? OK? Well, I may not be winning those votes right now, but over time I believe the people will like to live where they can be hopeful."