Christian conservative Bryan Fischer on Monday asserted that gay people are “not qualified to hold public office.”

Fischer made the claim in response to the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican. Perry was indicted by a grand jury on Friday over his efforts to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign from office. After Lehmberg refused to resign over an arrest for drunk driving, Perry vetoed $7.5 million in state funding to a government agency run by Lehmberg's office that, among other things, investigates accusations of corruption by elected officials.

Lehmberg is openly gay.

“My view of public service,” Fischer told his radio audience, “is that somebody who is engaged in sexually deviant behavior is not qualified to hold public office.”

“That's why if you get a conviction for rape, you can't hold public office. You get a conviction for pedophilia, you can't hold public office. You might even get run out of office on a prostitution charge because it's sexually deviant behavior. Now lesbianism is sexually deviant behavior because it deviates from God's plan and design for human sexually. So I believe that this is a person who, because she's involved in sexually deviant behavior, should be, ought to be disqualified from public service” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)