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Ex-NFLer Craig James, now Senate candidate, says being gay is a choice

Craig James, the former SMU and New England Patriots running back and ESPN analyst, came out as a full-fledged homophobe during a debate Wednesday for the Republican nomination for Senate in Texas. A question during the debate centered around one his opponents, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, having marched in a gay pride parade.

James: I think right now in this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up with leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades. I can assure you I will never ride in a gay parade. And I hear what you’re saying, Tom, but leaders - our kids out there people need to see examples.

Do you think people choose to be gay?

James: I think it's a choice. I do. I think — you have to make that choice. Absolutely. I'm gonna finish this up now. Same-sex marriage, if someone chooses to do that, that's them. And the Lord — God's going to judge each one of us in this room for our actions. But in that case right there, they're going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions. We should not give benefits to those civil unions.

James is only polling at 4% in the race, and the Houston Chronicle looked at his two liabilities: "He’s largely unknown and he’s unpopular among those who know him." Unpopular? Not hard to see why.