Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R – Oklahoma)
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – One of the two American Indians serving in the US Congress, Representative Markwayne Mullin (R – Oklahoma) has responded to the suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for making remarks regarding his religious beliefs in an upcoming GQ Magazine article.
The reality star was suspended by the A&E Network on Wednesday evening for his views on homosexuality and comments he made about African Americans.
Robertson, the patriarch of the Robertson clan, compared homosexuality to bestiality. Robertson cited his religious views for his comments against homosexuality in the interview that immediately drew the ire of gay groups across the country.
The A&E Network suspended Robertson, one of the stars of the highly rated “Duck Dynasty” indefinitely.
Congressman Mullin’s office issued the following statement on Thursday defending Robertson’s freedom of speech to express his religious views:
“America is currently witnessing a contradiction in its core principles. The fundamentals that founded our great nation included the freedom of speech and religion.
Unfortunately a man who simply voiced his religious belief, which is protected by our constitution, is now being punished. The Robertson family is standing up for what they believe, and our fundamental, core principles of this nation clearly protect them. I support their rights and their view of traditional marriage that is between a man and a woman.”
Congressman Mullin is a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. His district includes the city of Tulsa. The other member of the current Congress who is American Indian is Tom Cole, R – Oklahoma, who is a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.