Iowa Rep. Steve King attacked President Barack Obama for calling NBA free agent Jason Collins to congratulate him on coming out gay.

During a press conference late last month, Obama told reporters that he spoke to Collins on the day he became the U.S.'s first openly gay professional athlete.

“I told him I couldn't be prouder,” Obama said.

King, a conservative Republican opposed to gay rights, chided Obama from the House floor, saying that he wished the president would support NFL free agent Tim Tebow instead.

“I hear the president reducing or lowering American values by his comments that take place in the public and in the press,” King told colleagues. “Think about the things he's chosen to take sides on. … Then we've got Tim Tebow who will kneel and pray to God on the football field. Meanwhile, we have a professional athlete that decides he's going to announce his sexuality and he gets a personal call from the United States to highlight the sexuality of a professional ballplayer. These are ways that the culture gets undermined, where it gets divided. The people over on this side take their followership from that kind of leadership. One notch at a time, American civilization, American culture, western civilization, western Judeo-Christiandom are eroded.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)