Texas Gov. Rick Perry compares being gay to alcoholism

Texas Gov. Rick Perry compares being gay to alcoholism

Speaking to the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on Wednesday night, Texas Governor Rick Perry compared being gay to alcoholism.

The comment came in response to a question about the Texas Republican Party’s recent addition of a platform plank which advocates gay “reparative therapy:”

“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.”

This isn’t the first time Perry has used the analogy. Back in 2008, TIME Magazine caught this:

…in a little-noticed passage in his first book, “On My Honor,” a encomium on the Boy Scouts published in 2008, Perry also drew a parallel between homosexuality and alcoholism. “Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink,” he wrote. “And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”

Interesting how Texas conservatives profess a “live and let live” attitude EXCEPT when it comes to the gays.

Several major news organization has picked up on Perry’s comment today.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry compares being gay to alcoholism