Cory Booker Attacks Pompeo over Gay Marriage but Opposes Openly Gay Grenell Nomination for German Ambassador

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Thursday tried to paint CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a homophobe during his Secretary of State confirmation hearing, even though he has opposed the confirmation of openly gay Trump appointee Ric Grenell.

Booker referenced a speech Pompeo gave at a church three years ago when he quoted a pastor as saying, “America had worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.”

“Is being gay a perversion?” Booker asked Pompeo.

The CIA director said when he was a politician, he did not think it was appropriate for same-sex couples to marry, and that he stood by that. However, he added he believed married gay couples should be treated with the “exact same set of rights.”

Booker cut him off, demanding to know repeatedly whether Pompeo, a conservative Christian, approved of “gay sex.”

“You believe gay sex is a perversion, yes or no?” Booker asked. “Yes or no, do you believe that gay sex is a perversion? … Yes or no, do you believe gay sex is a perversion?”

“My respect for every individual regardless of their sexual orientation is the same,” Pompeo was finally given the opportunity to answer