June 18th, 2014
08:13 PM ET
1 month ago

Perry sticks by alcoholism and homosexuality comparison

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood by his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Appearing on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday, Perry was asked by co-host Stephanie Cutter whether he believes homosexuality is a disease.

"I think my position has been fairly clear on that for a substantial period of time," Perry said, pivoting quickly to the economy as a more pressing issue facing the United States.

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The focus should be on American jobs, Perry said, "and that is not on these social issues.”

"I think the social issues should be decided state-by-state rather than being something in Washington, D.C. to try to make one-size-fits-all."

At a speech last week in San Francisco, the longtime Republican governor - who ran for the White House in 2012 and is considering another bid in 2016 - was asked whether he thought homosexuality was a disorder.

"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 said during that event, immediately sparking backlash from Democrats and gay rights organizations.

Asked repeatedly Wednesday on CNN about the controversial comparison, Perry did not elaborate further on his views on homosexuality.

"I got asked a question and I responded the way that I have before,” he said.

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Filed under: 2016 • Gay rights • Rick Perry
soundoff (566 Responses)
  1. Craig

    Perry actually seems to have genetic coding for saying outlandish things and being rather offensive to a major portion of the population outside of Texas. Apparently he doesn't have a strong desire to not do that.

    June 18, 2014 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  2. Native Oregonian

    Perry us a lunatic fringe Republicon, a science denier, and one who makes things up as he goes. He needs to stay in Texas and retire from public office. Bye bye Rick. Take your homophobic comments and go live in a cave.

    June 18, 2014 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. ramapriya

    Governor Perry may be the biggest idiot who ever opened his mouth to say "Oops." If this is the best Texas can do,
    stay out of national politics.

    June 18, 2014 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  4. Kylie

    Rick Perry is an absolute idiot and has proven it time after time. Please don't have that dolt any attention.

    June 18, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. good answer

    I like Perry's answer. Homosexuality is wrong any way you look at it.

    June 18, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. JohnRJohnson

    Governor Perry - He's three things: bigoted, ignorant and… uh,…. I can't remember the third thing.

    June 18, 2014 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. Native Oregonian

    Perry us a lunatic fringe Republicon, a science denier, and one who makes things up as he goes. He needs to stay in Texas and retire from public office. Bye bye Rick.

    June 18, 2014 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. Mimi

    He's right. Heterosexuality is the natural condition. Homosexuality is therefore a defect. They say they're born that way, so it has to be a disease state. Probably in neurotransmitters or corpus callosum. They can probably "cure" it someday.

    June 18, 2014 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. jonathan

    This man is the Governor of a state, and he can't even answer a very simple and specific question or defend his point. He's an embarrassment. This man should not be in charge of taking the garbage out.

    June 18, 2014 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  10. ?!?wut?!?

    "I think the social issues should be decided state-by-state rather than being something in Washington, D.C. to try to make one-size-fits-all."

    When the Constitution very clearly states "all men are created equal", that IS a one-size-fits-all, ALL, not just a few like yourself! What Perry said was totally asinine.

    June 18, 2014 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  11. Richard

    Not the sharpest tool in the box....

    June 18, 2014 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Good for you. Sorry if all the libtards don't agree with you, but you are entitled to your position, even if it is unpopular.

    June 18, 2014 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  13. Peter Gerdeman

    Wait until his staff out him! He has been gay since his days at A&M!

    June 18, 2014 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Why are people so hung up on this? There are just some people that do not like homosexuality. Hey guess what? There are plenty of homosexuals that hate heterosexuality. Get over it! Literally quit getting your panties in a wad! Why do you care who so and so likes or if they hate your lifestyle or not? You being homosexual does give you the right to tell me how I should feel about this or that no more than me being heterosexual gives me the right to tell you how you should feel about this or that. Just because someone says they hate homosexuality doesn't mean they hate people. Quit making homosexuality as another category on the race check-box list....it's not African American, White, Indian, Hispanic, Homosexual. Get over yourselves, you're not your own race! You're not that important!

    June 18, 2014 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  15. Brian

    Goodbye Mr. Perry .... no doubt your party will stand behind you, as usual ..... way behind you .... and the times.

    June 18, 2014 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. DM

    If is was a Republican I would be upset with this Gov. Perry. What a useless reply. Waste of time. Either he believes in what he says or he's ashamed. Which is it?

    June 18, 2014 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Thats the problem with journalist if the answer theyre given to their question isnt the " right " answer they KEEP ASKIN IT OVER & OVER again !

    June 18, 2014 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  18. Mike,Albany

    How this loser got to be the governor of anything is totally incredible. But I guess in Texas, lack of basic intelligence is a crucial qualification for the governorship.

    June 18, 2014 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  19. Pat

    I think we really need to look at freedom of speech here. Why is there backlash for Gov. Perry having a opinion different from the masses. This gay issues has gone to far, we have so many issues that demand our attention. This in my opinion is not one of them

    June 18, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. Lucila Armendariz

    Thats the problem with journalist if the answer theyre given to their question isnt the " right " answer they KEEP ASKIN IT OVER & OVER again !

    June 18, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  21. Kubi

    This is starting to get really old, It's almost kind of said. I've seen people lose their jobs for having their own opinion for homosexuality and those who are against it. It's almost a social media lynch mob going after people and candidates for what they believe it. This is America.. it's called freedom and they have the right to believe whatever they want. He's right, we should be focusing more on the economy of the United States - not gay rights.. We have made significant progress over the last decade for the gay rights movement, now let's focus on the more important issues at hand.

    We need to stop with this, the whole intolerable of the tolerable. It's getting real pathetic. They have as much as a right to believe what they want to believe in just like anyone else. If you don't like it, Don't vote for him.

    June 18, 2014 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  22. Will

    Perry is just about as stupid as they come. If the right wing supports his mentality, then the world must obviously be flat in his simple mind.

    June 18, 2014 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  23. peter

    Perry is paying liberal Cali's to relocate to Texas and they will vote all of the radical GOP's w/in 10 yrs, or less. 10k Cali's moe to Texas every week and most are liberal tree hugging Dem's. Too Funny, kind of like the wackos who keep wild animals as pets and are eventually devoured by them.

    June 18, 2014 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  24. Kubi

    Seriously? We're grilling a guy because of his RIGHT to have an opinion on gay issues? This is America he has the RIGHT to believe what he wants. If you don't like it, don't vote for him

    I think he right, we need to focus on the economy and not gay rights. The gay right movement I think was needed but there has been significant progress over the last decade. We need to focus on the real issues in America.

    June 19, 2014 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  25. David

    Gov. Perry is proof that age does not always bring wisdom.

    June 19, 2014 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
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