June 18th, 2014
08:13 PM ET
3 months 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. Jesse

    Abortion & Homosexuality are already settled issues. The ONLY people who can affect those two issues are federal judges and mostly SCOTUS.

    Now we need to elect leaders on military & economic issues alone.

    As far as homosexuality being a disease. I suppose that's a fair comparison. It is a genetic mutation that does NOT contribute to the survivability of the species. So according to evolution it is not natural.

    Regardless equal rights for all. It should not matter who you give benefits to if you have sex with them or not. My benefits my legal rights should be extended to anyone I choose Reciprocal benefits clauses would have eliminated the issue.

    June 19, 2014 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  2. ComeOn2013

    He's entitled to his opinion. You don't have to vote for him if you don't agree with him.

    June 19, 2014 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  3. Just answer the question

    Clearly he is prejudice and represents the Texas public that is 15 years behind the times.

    June 19, 2014 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  4. Winston5

    Omg, Rick friggin Perry talking about the Human Genome??????? Please, skygods hear me: we must have Rick Perry run again, if only for the late night comics...

    June 19, 2014 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  5. Kelsang Drime

    He has no desire to engage in homosexuality because he's heterosexual. Period. He's obviously uneducated regarding sexuality. Alcoholism is external and may or may not become an addiction. Sexuality–whether hetero or homo is INTERNAL and cannot be compared to an addiction of any kind. He is really saying that sexuality is a choice that can be changed, which it may or may not be the case (to give a little wiggle room) but WHY should someone else dictate to me how and whom I love whether hetero or homo?! See, it narrows down to dictatorship based on ignorance and hatred and he's using the Bible to support both. I want nothing to do with his kind of thinking.

    June 19, 2014 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  6. Sandvichmancer

    Sweet, now somebody ask him if he became president if he'd sign into law a ban on gay marriage across the nation if it came to his desk.
    Push the issue further, and ask him about if he'd stay true to the criminalization of marijuana.

    Let's see how far his belief of state rights actually goes. I'm going to go out on a limb though and say not very far at all outside economics.

    June 19, 2014 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  7. Michael Sonnier

    When he says, "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." – I think he means that Texas should be allowed to treat some people as "less than" and if you don't like it, you can move someplace else. This type of "hit'n'run" insult is what we have come to expect from politicians in Texas (I've lived here a LONG TIME and I've seen it all my life). I don't think the man has ever had to answer for his comments simply because he's a selfish, self-centered, elite minded person that will pander to whomever he thinks will give him the most money to do their bidding in politics.

    June 19, 2014 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  8. Duke Sweden

    Good for him. So sick of wimps with their stupid empty apologies after the fact. Hey, gay community, a lot of us don't like you. Deal with it.

    June 19, 2014 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  9. Doug

    Let's just hope this man will never be the main man of the free world, he is misguided, uneducated and a bigot..

    June 19, 2014 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  10. Witness

    Republicans are America's shame.

    June 19, 2014 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  11. theepicplum

    Good for him.

    June 19, 2014 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  12. jimmy

    Perry has always been and always will be someone who is not smart enough to be anymore than he is already. Texas has proven it likes men who aren't the sharpest tool in the shed. Cruz, Bush, Perry.

    June 19, 2014 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  13. roger

    What's not to get?

    If you are born with a predisposition to addiction, you do everything you can to overcome that predisposition. Attend AA meetings, have a sponsor, see an MD, see a shrink. You did these things because you know that the addiction is a bad thing. Just ask Alice Cooper why he golfs. He found something else to be addicted to other than alcohol and has fun doing it..

    Now, if you're born with a predisposition to homosexuality, you should realize that that also is a bad thing and do everything in your power to avoide succuming to that predisposition. So, do we have Gay Anonymous, do we have shrinks that will NOT tell this perosn to “eplore your feelings.”

    You say, why am I assuming that it's a bad thing. I'm Christian. All you have to do is quote Romans chapter 1 versus 24 to 28. If you're born with this predisposition and you don't fight it, you're throwing it in God's face, putting your arm around the devil, and walking in step right into the lake of fire:

    Romans, chapter 1:
    24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
    26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;?

    June 19, 2014 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  14. BD70

    So Perry...are you espousing your beliefs based on experience?

    June 19, 2014 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  15. Omvny

    Perry, a true hero.

    June 19, 2014 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  16. teapooper

    Way to skirt the question mr bigot.

    June 19, 2014 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  17. John

    The economy and jobs are more important. We spend way too much time and energy on these social issues. Are they an issue? Yes, but we can deal with them at a later time.

    June 19, 2014 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  18. Poor Perry

    You just can fix stupid.

    June 19, 2014 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  19. Flaregas

    How many times I have said the same. Homosexuality is a disease like any other disease that destroys the mind or body,

    June 19, 2014 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  20. @RI_Roger

    Stephanie Cutter is one of the rudest interviewers on cable TV today. Whenever a conservative guess begins to articulate an answer she doesn't agree with she rudely interrupts and tries to redirect with another r question. If CNN is serious about being a competitive network again, on air personalities like Cutter and Cohn have to treat their guess with more respect or they needs to go.

    June 19, 2014 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Problem is he doesn't answer!!

    June 19, 2014 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  22. jnpa

    Gov Perry doesn't understand that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights regarding equality is "one size fits all."

    June 19, 2014 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  23. jimmy rouse

    Every politician must pay homage to homosexuality or they will not win. Promoting homosexuality is job #1 for any candidate. Having an opinion other than that opinion expressed by homosexual is verboten.

    June 19, 2014 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  24. Tony in Maine

    Perry is correct only in that neither is the result of choice. Alcoholism is behavior that is destructive and can be arrested with the application of willingness to change. Homosexuality is neither of those.

    Beyond that, The LOnesome cowboy should ride off into the sunset to coimmune with other rattlesnakes.

    June 19, 2014 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  25. Bobpitt

    What is the point Rick? If you are wrong once, repeating the same nonsense twice will not make it true, it just make dumb.

    June 19, 2014 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
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