A Christian mother sparked outrage live on Good Morning Britain as she insisted that being gay is a choice – and nobody is born homosexual.
Izzy Montague went on a bizarre rant about how her religious beliefs would make it impossible for her to be gay, and admitted she may have had some homosexual feelings that she has suppressed.
During her eye-opening argument, Izzy told gay dad Tom Cox that teaching children about LGBT people in school is morally wrong and taxpayers' money shouldn't go towards pushing the "gay agenda".
Staying calm, Tom explained: "My son is five years old. He is living and breathing two dads, this is normal to him.
"Homophobia is taught, you're not born with it. What you are born with is your sexual preference, you're either gay or you're not."
But shaking her head violently, Izzy said: "No, I don't agree with that. Of course I believe it's a choice. I made a choice on what I think is right or wrong. I don't remember ever thinking 'am I gay or am I straight?'
"Even if I was gay, I personally believe I would – based on my belief – think a heterosexual relationship is the right course of action for me.
"No one has forced you to be in a gay relationship. It's a decision you made. It's a preference."
The religious mum added: "There's the feelings of being gay, where you say 'well, I have an attraction to the same sex' and there's the actual homosexual lifestyle. I have a heterosexual lifestyle."
"So when did you come out as straight?" Tom asked her.
"I never came out of straight," she shot back.
"[But] I haven't had those feelings possibly because I've suppressed them because I don't think it's right, I personally haven't had those feelings 'cos I've not allowed myself to have them," Izzy added.
Tom told her he agreed that it's a parent's prerogative to chose how to educate and raise their children, but added: "You're doing your child a disservice by not allowing them to see that families come in all shapes and sizes."
Izzy's comments shocked viewers, who rounded on her for her outdated views.
"Don’t understand why in 2019 shows like @GMB are still having ‘debates’ about whether people choose to be gay," one tweeted.
Another wrote: "Appalling #GMB interview highlighting further ignorance. This woman still believes it’s a choice to be gay! I loved Tom Coxs reply 'So when did you come out as being straight?'"
And a third said: "It's because you've not opened your mind. I had no choice – I wouldn't choose to be gay – do you think it's easy having to come to terms with those feelings and tell your family?! It's not! It's the way my body is and I'm comfortable with it. #dontpreachhate ."
The debate came after parents in schools in Birmingham withdrew hundreds of pupils from lessons aimed at tackling homophobia.
*GMB airs weekdays at 6am on ITV
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