In 1996, as a Conservative MP, Cummins voted against introducing sexual orientation under the Canadian Human Rights Act, which lists "prohibited grounds of discrimination," including religion, race and gender.
Asked by the Victoria Times Colonist if he believes crimes against gay people should be prosecuted as hate crimes, he replied, “If there’s a crime against anybody, that crime should be dealt with to the full extent of the law and that’s it. Trying to determine motive, it puts it to a whole different level and I’m not comfortable with that.”
Cummins was the only candidate to run for B.C. Conservative Party leader. Party members are expected to officially proclaim the former federal MP as their leader at their May 28 convention -- proving that homophobia and foolishness indeed are a choice.