Texas Republican governor Rick Perry was in San Francisco Wednesday, to speak before the Commonwealth Club of California.
The Tea-party favorite said that the federal government should give up policy making, and leave that to each state.
During the course of Perry’s remarks, he also compared homosexuality to alcoholism. Rick Perry believes that if you’re genetically predisposed to being an alcoholic, all you have to do is have the desire to NOT be an alcoholic, and you won’t be. He looks at human sexuality the same way. Perry thinks that if you’re genetically predisposed to being gay, all you have to do is tell yourself “I’m not going to be gay,” and you won’t be.
Where was this man when I was growing up?
Boy oh boy. This smart man thinks he’s qualified to be President of the United States!
San Francisco Chronicle reporter David R. Baker covered Perry’s speaking engagement, and noted the gasp in the crowd when Perry spoke about the “homosexual issue.”
The Texas Republican Party this month adopted a platform supporting access to "reparative therapy" for gays and lesbians, a widely discredited process intended to change sexual orientation. In response to an audience question about it Wednesday night, Perry said he did not know whether the therapy worked.
Commonwealth Club interviewer Greg Dalton then asked him whether he believes homosexuality is a disorder.
"Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that," Perry said. "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."
The large crowd gathered at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel on Nob Hill included many Perry supporters. But the comment still drew a murmur of disbelief. [emphasis my own]
This isn’t the first time that the GOP governor made this comparison, and it won’t be the last time either.
The Washington Post’s brilliant Jonathan Capehart wrote a column entitled “Rick Perry’s gay fixation,” where he noted that Perry is “stubbornly persistent.” Jonathan also said:
As an openly gay person, I can personally attest to the whole homosexuality is “just the way people are” thing. I mean, who would willingly choose to be targeted for discrimination, second-class citizenship or death? If only folks like Perry would choose to accept that God made us this way — and stop trying to correct something that doesn’t need to fixed. [emphasis my own]
I’ll drink to that! [hiccup]
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