Michigan State Representative Tom McMillin is coming under fire for saying he believes that being gay is a choice.

McMillin, a Republican who represents the people of the 45th District, made his comments during a town hall meeting held in September.

At the meeting, a Rochester Hills resident asked McMillin about a 2003 Detroit News story in which McMillin spoke in favor of gay marriage bans.

“I think that the people who are caught up in the homosexual lifestyle need help,” he said in 2003. “We encourage people to stop smoking. This resolution is the same sort of thing.”

Tim Maurer asked McMillin if he believes gay people can quit their sexuality like smokers can cut out their habit.

“Well, I think that the thousands of people that have been in that lifestyle and come out would say that it was their choice when they were in and came out of the lifestyle,” McMillin answered.

Local political activist Bruce Fealk caught McMillin's comments on videotape.

“I just think it's outrageous,” Fealk told The Oakland Press, “I can't believe in this day in age, we have a man this radical.” (A video report is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)