Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible
2016 presidential candidate, on Monday defended his recent comparison
of being gay to alcoholism.
Perry, a Republican, made his comments
on Wednesday during an appearance in San Francisco.
When asked whether he believes being
gay is a disorder, Perry answered: “Whether or not you feel
compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the
ability to decide not to do that. 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.”
Perry compares being gay to an alcoholic.)
During an interview on CNBC's Squawk
Box, host Joe Kernan called the comments “offensive.”
“I don't think gay marriage leads to
cirrhosis of the liver or domestic violence or DWIs,” Kernan
said. “I don't see how that's similar.”
“I understand people have different
opinions about that,” Perry said.
“But in terms of changing the
behavior of someone, you wouldn't think that someone who's
heterosexual, that you couldn't change them into a homosexual, or
someone who is homosexual, you don't think that there should be
therapy to try to change them into a heterosexual?” Kernan asked.
“You know, I don't know,” Perry
answered. “The fact is, we'll leave that to the psychologists and
Perry added that he was opposed to the
federal government having a role in deciding whether gay couples
should be allowed to marry, prompting Right Wing Watch to remind
readers that Perry said the same thing in 2011, then announced his
support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting marriage
to heterosexual unions.
Perry reiterates support for gay marriage ban, opposition to gay
“Now it seems that Perry has reversed
himself once again and is going back to his original position … or,
maybe he just doesn't understand how the Federal Marriage Amendment
would work,” Brian