Kanye West’s bizarre and longshot run for the White House took another strange turn Wednesday as the New York Times reported that West asked political staff working on his campaign to abstain from sex out of wedlock, an uncommon request in most industries
According to the report, sources working to further West’s political ambitions told the Times West asked staffers to “refrain from ‘fornicating’ outside of marriage.”
It’s a request that, while bizarre for the political realm, does line up with some of the ideas West has voiced during his campaign and attributed to his Christian beliefs, like a distaste for Planned Parenthood and abortion procedures.
It’s not West’s first time encouraging those around him to keep sex between married partners only—he made the same request last year for collaborators he worked with in the studio recording his latest album, Jesus Is King.
There is a precedence of American courts backing up religious groups who have fired employees for engaging in premarital sex and other activities that aren’t in line with a group’s religious beliefs, although it is very rare in most industries.
West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, welcomed their first child North West in June 2013, nearly a year before their blowout European wedding, which was reportedly estimated to have cost nearly $3 million—since then, they’ve had three more.
West’s race for president has hit a number of roadblocks on the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. His candidacy, announced July 4, began far too late for him to qualify to appear on the ballot in all 50 states. As of last week, West will only be on ballots in 12 states. However, West told Forbes last month “I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King,” in response to a point that it would be impossible for him to win the election. In the same interview, he hinted a motivating factor behind his campaign votes was to siphon votes from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
(New York Times)