The only person running for leadership of the BC Conservative Party is drawing fire for his views on human rights protection for homosexuals.

Speaking to CFAX radio in Victoria Wednesday, former Tory MP John Cummins said he was "pro-traditional marriage," and believes sexual orientation need not be protected under the Human Rights Act.

"In my view, people were already adequately protected," he said. "It was not necessary to add another category."

Host Stephen Andrew called Cummins' views "archaic," and prodded the politician to acknowledge that he believes homosexuality is a personal choice.

"That's my understanding of the issue," the 69-year-old said. "There are folks that will tell you they're born that way, and that's fine. I don't discriminate."

The controversial interview has caused concern among several groups representing gay, lesbian and transgendered British Columbians, including student and business organizations.

Brad McPhee, chairman of the Gay and Lesbian Business Association of BC, told he hopes Canadian politicians can concentrate on inclusion and "creating harmony in our homes and our communities."

"The GLBA supports the Canadian Constitution and human rights as they stand," McPhee said.

Cummins is expected to be named BC Conservative Party leader on May 28, and has already been dubbed the "leader-designate."

The party has yet to elect a member to the provincial legislature.