Bill Donohue Isn't Sorry For Homophobia, Wants 'An Apology From Gays'

"I don't want to have a lifestyle thrusted in my face."

Bill Donohue wants an apology from LGBT Americans.

The leader of the Catholic League made the comments on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday in response to Pope Francis' declaration that Christians should seek forgiveness from gay people.

Donohue was asked if he planned to heed the pope's call for the Church to "apologize ... to a gay person whom it offended."

"No," Donohue responded. "As a matter of fact, I want an apology from gays. I've been assaulted by gays. I've never assaulted a gay person in my entire life."

Donohue has long opposed any semblance of equality for members of the gay community. The Catholic League refused to participate in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City after the event organizers decided to allow a gay-rights group to march. In 2014, the League called for a boycott of beer companies that promoted LGBT equality. Donohue has also decribed same-sex marriage as "the most bizarre idea in human history."

During the interview, "New Day" host Chris Cuomo asked Donohue why he has spent "so much energy" on fighting equality for gays.

"I don't want to have a lifestyle thrusted in my face," Donohue said.

"How are they putting their gay on you?" Cuomo asked.

Donohue went on to say that the pope hadn't finished his thought when he called for such an apology.

"[Pope Francis] has said that gay marriage is the work of the devil. He has said that gendered ideology -- you know the trans, the trans people? -- he says that gender ideology is demonic," Donohue said. "That's the pope that I like."

Watch the exchange above.



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