UPDATE: Mon. 11:24 p.m. — OU president David Boren has released a statement regarding Humphreys' comments:
"Regent Humphreys was speaking as an individual and not on behalf of the university or me. I do not share his views on this matter. The university strongly reaffirms and takes great pride in its commitment to a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community which respects people of all backgrounds. We value and respect all members of our university family."
Also, according to an OG&E spokesperson, Humphreys is not the chairman of the OG&E board of directors. He is on the board.
OU Student Government Association President J.D. Baker has called Humphreys' leadership abilities into question, and encouraged students to reach out to the board of regents to express their opinions on his comments.
My thoughts on University of Oklahoma Regent Kirk Humphreys. Students, you are empowered to voice your opinion and create the university you desire. pic.twitter.com/QglPSSuASd— Lame Duck President (@JD__Baker) December 11, 2017
ORIGINAL — A member of the University of Oklahoma’s Board of Regents compared homosexuality to pedophilia during a talk show aired Sunday on Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate KFOR.
Kirk Humphreys, a former Oklahoma City mayor who serves as the vice chairman of the board of regents, made his comments during KFOR’s weekly “Flashpoint” show, which he co-hosts with Mike Turpen.
During the show, Humphreys was discussing sexual assault allegations made against national political figures when he asked Rep. Emily Virgin (D-Norman, who was filling in for Turpen) “is homosexuality right or wrong?” He continued:
“It's not relative. There's a right and wrong, you just said it. If it’s OK, then it's OK for everybody and quite frankly it's OK for men to sleep with little boys if it's OK.”
Virgin later posted on social media that she was taken off guard by Humphreys' statements.
“I probably shouldn't have been, but I had no idea that he believed the things he said,” Virgin wrote. “I was prepared to talk about Jerusalem, sexual harassment, and the state budget, so when Mr. Humphreys attacked the LGBT community, it took me a second to switch gears and make sure I really heard what I thought I did. I wish that my comments had been stronger and more forceful, but I can assure you I did the best I could under the circumstances.
“So, to be completely clear: Mr. Humphreys' comments were disgusting, offensive, and just plain wrong. I unequivocally stand with the LGBT community. Always have. Always will.”
OU Senior Associate Vice President for Public Affairs Rowdy Gilbert released a statement in response to Humphreys' comments.
“Mr. Humphreys expressed his personal views on Flash Point,” Gilbert said. “He was not speaking on behalf of the University of Oklahoma.”
Troy Stevenson of Freedom Oklahoma, a nonprofit that advocates for the LGBT community in the state, called Humphreys’ comments “completely shocking.”
“To compare gay men - and specifically Congressman Barney Frank - to pedophiles and sexual predators is a step way too far,” Stevenson said. “LGBTQ youth are subjected to horrific harassment, intimidation, and bullying on a daily basis, and having bias and hate validated by a public official and leader like Mayor Humphreys is disheartening and frankly dangerous.”
Humphreys is the chairman of the OG&E Board of Directors. He was appointed to the board of regents in 2012 by Gov. Mary Fallin.