06/23/2014 04:16 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

'Scandal's' Dan Bucatinsky: Hate Me For Being Gay, But Don't 'Encroach Upon My Civil Rights'

It's okay with Dan Bucatinsky if he's hated for being gay. He just asks that those feelings are kept out of polling centers during elections.

"Part of the freedom of thought and expression in this country is also the freedom in your own private life to hate whoever you want," he explained in a HuffPost Live appearance on Monday. "I'm not somebody who believes that you shouldn't have the right to hate me for being gay. Go for it!"

All the "Scandal" actor requests is that this hatred not be used to obstruct his life.

"When your hate or your discomfort or your misunderstanding -- because you've never met me -- gets in the way of my civil rights, gets in the way of my ability to work, provide for my family, provide for my children -- that's where I cross the line," he said.

"If you wanna go home and hate everything I do and not watch my TV show because I'm gay, that's fine," he continued. "But that's because that's your private right of thought and private right to believe what you believe. It just can't encroach upon my civil rights."

Watch the clip above to hear more from Dan Bucatinsky, and see his past interview with HuffPost Live here.



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