Appearing on CNN's Crossfire, Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, was asked whether he believes being gay is a disease.

The question was a follow up to remarks Perry made last week during an appearance in San Francisco.

When asked last week 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.”

(Related: Rick Perry compares being gay to an alcoholic.)

“Alcoholism is a disease, we know that,” co-host Stephanie Cutter said. “Are you saying that homosexuality is a disease, as well?”

“I think my position's been fairly clear on that for a substantial period of time,” Perry answered.

“Just tell us your position,” Cutter stated.

“No, I'm going to tell you where I think we need to be as a country and what we need to be focused on. And that is, not on these social issues. I think the social issues, frankly, should be decided state by state.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)