A South Dakota Republican lawmaker has defended a bill he sponsored which sought to allow businesses to discriminate against gay men and lesbians.

Last week, a South Dakota Senate panel killed Senator Phil Jensen's measure, which explicitly stated that businesses could discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

“As a follower of Jesus Christ, I'm commanded to love, to love everyone,” Jensen told South Dakota Public Radio. “That doesn't mean I must condone the lifestyle choices that someone chooses. The GLBT movement doesn't just want society's approval. They want their lifestyle choices applauded. They want standing ovations.”

By way of example, Jensen used a Ku Klux Klan analogy.

“If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks. And guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them,” Jensen told the Rapid City Journal.

Of course, Jensen fails to mention that the KKK was not only powerful in its day but also very popular in many areas of the country. For instance, before burning a cross, KKK members would hold a parade down main street in broad daylight.