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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo, Kirk Humphreys, the former mayor of Oklahoma City, speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Humphreys, a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, is being criticized Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who have resigned recently after allegations of sexual misconduct. Humphreys made the comments over the weekend on a television public affairs show. The LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma has called for his removal from the board if he does not apologize. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo, Kirk Humphreys, the former mayor of Oklahoma City, speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Humphreys, a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, is being criticized Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who have resigned recently after allegations of sexual misconduct. Humphreys made the comments over the weekend on a television public affairs show. The LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma has called for his removal from the board if he does not apologize. (AP Photo/File)


Former Oklahoma City mayor and current University of Oklahoma board of regent member Kirk Humphreys sparked controversy Sunday when he compared gays to pedophiles during a discussion with state Rep. Emily Virgin on KFOR's "Flashpoint" program. 

Here is the exchange: 

Humphreys: "Is homosexuality right or wrong? It's not relative. There's a right and wrong, you just said it. So it's either right or wrong. If it's OK then it's OK for everybody. Quite frankly, it's OK for men to sleep with little boys, if it's OK."

During another exchange, Humphreys said: "All I'm saying is there's a right and a wrong."

Virgin: "I'm not saying homosexuality is wrong."

Humphreys: "Well, I do."

Humphreys was criticized for the remarks by OU president David Boren and others. Virgin called for him to resign. Humphreys clarified his comments Monday night. 

"That was not my intention or desire," he said in a text. "I apologize for my lack of clarity and realize this has resulted in a strong reaction by some and has hurt people's feelings.

"For clarification, my moral stance about homosexuality is that it is against the teachings of Scripture. Although, I know that upsets some people, it is my belief. In America, we have the right to believe as we choose and to freely express that belief," Humphreys said in a text.

This isn't the first time Humphreys has made controversial remarks on "Flashpoint". In 2015. On the episode, the trio spoke with then Oklahoma City School Superintendent Rob Neu about falling standards in the district. At one point in the conversation, Humphreys, a former Putnam City school board member, said:

"When I went on the school board 30… 25 years ago… a little over… we were, probably the best school district in the state. We just happened to have the best gene pool. But that gene pool keeps moving out. It’s moved to Edmond, it’s now moved to Deer Creek, and you know, they’ll keep running as long as they can buy green fields and gasoline for their car," Humphreys said.


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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo, Kirk Humphreys, the former mayor of Oklahoma City, speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Humphreys, a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, is being criticized Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who have resigned recently after allegations of sexual misconduct. Humphreys made the comments over the weekend on a television public affairs show. The LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma has called for his removal from the board if he does not apologize. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo, Kirk Humphreys, the former mayor of Oklahoma City, speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Humphreys, a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, is being criticized Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, for comparing gay people to pedophiles and...

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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