In a video posted this week, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) appears to compare being gay to "liking chocolate chip ice cream" or "riding a scooter." 

The clip of a Tuesday meeting with the editorial board of Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper, which was posted on the paper’s website, seems to have been edited. The questions posed to West are also difficult to make out. 

In the video, after asserting that, “everyone has the same basic rights and no one is telling people in the gay community that they don’t have the same basic rights that any American has,” West says as far as homosexuality goes, “I like chocolate chip ice cream, and I will continue to like chocolate chip ice cream. So there’s no worry about me changing to vanilla. I like to, you know, ride my motorcycle. What do you want me to do? You want me to change my behavior and ride a scooter? I’m not into that.”

The comments drew a wave of reactions online. One site,, wrote in a headline, “Allen West: ‘Being Gay = Liking Ice Cream.’ We’ll Take Two Scoops!”

When Florida’s local ABC station, WPBF, asked West about the ice cream analogy, he said, “I prefer chocolate chip ice cream and I’m not going against what someone prefers or has as a behavioral preference in their life.” The congressman also told the station that his comments were taken out of context.