1353Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a Black Republican and GOP gubernatorial candidate, recently came under fire for comparing gays to arsonists in a newspaper interview.

Blackwell told the Columbus Dispatch, "I think homosexuality is a lifestyle, it’s a choice, and that lifestyle can be changed. I think it’s a transgression against God’s law, God’s will. The reality is again … that we make choices all the time. And, I think you make good choices and bad choices in terms of lifestyle. Our expectation is that one’s genetic makeup might make one more inclined to be an arsonist, or may make one more inclined to be a kleptomaniac. Do I think that can be changed? Yes."

I guess it’s also no surprise that Blackwell is against equal rights for lesbians and gays.

In 2004, Ohio became the 38th state to ban the marriage of same-gender loving couples.

According to the United State Census Bureau, 11.5 percent of Ohio’s population is Black. As much as Mr. Blackwell didn’t have a choice in being born a Black heterosexual male, is as much a choice as I had in being born a Black female lesbian.

But I will agree with Mr. Blackwell on one thing, we do make good and bad choices in life.

I am sure that Blacks in Ohio feel just as alienated by Blackwell as lesbians and gays do, including the Log Cabin Republicans.