timmcgheeTim McGhee, a Republican running for the Virginia State Senate, told attendees at an Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance candidate forum Tuesday that he didn’t come to the event seeking their votes.  Instead, McGhee delivered a religious broadside, lecturing the crowd that God may have made them gay and then declared homosexuality sinful simply to “fully demonstrate who he is.”

Audience members could be heard gasping in disbelief on an audio recording of McGhee’s speech.

For some of you here this evening, your frustrations go way beyond a state senate candidate. Some of you are beyond frustrated with God right now. Some of you refuse to believe in him altogether. You’ve asked the question or perhaps given up asking a long time ago “Why? Why would God make me who I am and then tell me that’s wrong?”
May I put a question before you tonight? What if that’s exactly what God did? What if that’s exactly what God had to do to fully demonstrate who he is?

“For some of you here this evening, your frustrations go way beyond a state senate candidate. Some of you are beyond frustrated with God right now. Some of you refuse to believe in him altogether. You’ve asked the question or perhaps given up asking a long time ago, ‘Why? Why would God make me who I am and then tell me that’s wrong?’,” McGhee said.

“May I put a question before you tonight? What if that’s exactly what God did? What if that’s exactly what God had to do to fully demonstrate who he is?”

McGhee, who then launched into a sermon laced with Bible passages, was joined at the event by Virginia Delegate Adam Ebbin, who earlier this year won the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat McGhee is seeking.  If Ebbin wins, he will become the first openly LGBT State Senator in Virginia history.

NotLarrySabato has the full text of McGhee’s speech.

Learn more about Adam Ebbin here.