Willie Robertson of the reality television show "Duck Dynasty" speak at the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. U.S. Associates meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, June 5, 2013.
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‘Duck Dynasty’ star: ‘Trying to figure out’ if being gay is a choice


Another “Duck Dynasty” star has spoken out publicly on his thoughts about the LGBT community.

Willie Robertson said during a Dec. 15 interview with Larry King that he was “trying to figure that out,” whether or not being gay or lesbian is a choice that individuals decide.

“I’m not the judge. God’s going to be the judge, so it’s not my job to convince people to change their lives,” he added.

Robertson previously defended his father, Phil, who was suspended from A&E following his rant last December comparing homosexuality to bestiality and his musings on African-American life in the South. The network ultimately lifted Robertson’s suspension, and he returned to the highly-rated reality show during filming in the spring.

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His remarks come on the heels of provocative statements from another TV fixture, Pat Robertson (no relation), who weighed in on his opinions about the longevity of gay individuals. The former southern Baptist minister and host of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club” this week said homosexuals “will die out because they don’t reproduce.”

“You know, you have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce,” he added in his response to an explanation provided by a viewer who attends a church where congregants aren’t allowed to date.

Support for marriage equality has grown steadily since 2000, when Americans opposed gay marriage by a 57% to 35% margin. But, in a recent Pew Research Center poll, a majority — 54% — said they favored marriage equality.

In November, tens of thousands of people signed a petition to remove the reality series, “19 Kids & Counting,” from the TLC network for what some viewers called an anti-gay stance taken by the show’s featured couple, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.