By Jami Smith
Originally published on Advocate.com March 05 2014 1:52 PM ET
Mock-conservative Stephen Colbert is among the many conservatives still stunned by the "religious liberty curb stomp" delivered by Arizona governor Jan Brewer's veto of a bill that would have allowed businesses and individuals to "practice their deeply held religious belief of not selling pastries to gay people."
Colbert is joined by right-wing Republican and Iowa congressman Steve King, who claimed earlier this week that LGBT equality is not a civil rights issue, and shouldn't be compared to the Jim Crow laws of the 1960s. "You can't discriminate against people based upon race, creed, those kinds of things. There's nothing mentioned in there for self-professed behavior," King said Monday.
In his eponymous show last night, Colbert was quick to add: "Yes, unlike race, you can't tell somebody's gay just by looking at them. As far as I know, Johnny Weir is a perfectly straight wood nymph."
Congressman King went on to add that gays are less concerned with being served by local businesses and more interested in filing grievances for financial gain because being gay can't be verified easily like racial discrimination.
In response, Colbert suggested a perfect way for someone's "gayness" to be independently verified. "I think what Steve King is saying is that he wants you to send photos or videos proving that you are gay." Then the Comedy Central host flashed the congressman's work address across the screen. In case you're interested in proving your gayness to Rep. King, you can follow Colbert's instructions and mail photographic proof to:
Representative Steve King
2210 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Watch Colbert dismantle King's definition of "self-professed" behavior below: