June 18th, 2014
08:13 PM ET
6 years 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. denverboy

    He responded by not addressing the question .....asked ...instead he gave the same old same old Jobs line ..worthy but not the issue at hand ...Bait and switch GOP ...gotta love em ....They hide behind there own beaten dead horse ...

    June 19, 2014 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  2. moxjox

    Perry and Romney running again?

    Romney to Perry::: "Gov. Perry, I bet ten thousand dollars that you can't remember what you stand for...."
    Perry to Romney:::: "Oooops I guess I really can't remember what I stand for".

    June 19, 2014 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Greg Campbell

    Homosexuality is more of a nurture than nature issue. I think there should me more focus on prevention. Will never support the persecution approach, but I think prevention is possible in most cases. The gold standard of gay twin studies found absolutely no biological basis for homosexuality, finding that twins shared preferences for hair color and eye color at extremely high rates but when one twin was gay, the probability that the other gay was about 6%. This lead the researchers to their conclusion.

    June 19, 2014 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  4. Lucila Armendariz

    Why not leave the drama questions to National Inqure and ask about whats REALLY burying us whole . . IMMIGRATION failure UR never going to convince us down here that its NOT hurting the economy housing jobs crime AND EDUCATION in all levels HELLLLP ! ! GET A REPRESENTATIVE WITH THE BACKBONE TO DO THEIR JOB ! ! !

    June 19, 2014 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. Bren

    He is so ignorant. I wish he'd go back to Canada. He lets the poor people in Texas die without health care.

    June 19, 2014 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. sam

    One the many Mindless Ones who make life miserable for thousands of good people who happen to be a little different than they are. Buy, hey, we're dealing with human beings here not cattle. Even cattle deserve humane treatment, like every living thing. We're not alone on this planet.

    June 19, 2014 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  7. sam

    but, hey

    June 19, 2014 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. tara grewal

    Shame on you texas first bush and then perry oh there is no honorable person in texas to be governer.

    June 19, 2014 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  9. jeff

    Homosexuality and alcoholism.
    Hmmmm he is insulting to everyone. As his genetics coding will also show – he is 97% the same as a chimpanzee.
    My apologies to the chimpanzee.

    June 19, 2014 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. Martha

    Wow! Someone with common sense. There is no reason to be politically correct when there are only a handful of people, ,and the obvious few in the media and television with bias opinion, who are desperately trying to make homosexuality a grande scale thing when it's not. If any politician stood up and did exactly what Perry did, he'd have my immediate vote for any position in office they run for. He's right. Get on with the most important things pressing the country and stop tip toeing around issues that are really not issues. There are so many excuses and comparison's to why someone is why the way the way they are, brought to you by people pushing their own pro gay agenda, that it's actually having a reverse affect on their cause. They are not discriminated against the same way as people of race or ethnic origin. People who disagree with the lifestyle are not all "homophobic". (another propaganda word). Traditional values this far has made our country great. There was a reason people wanted to come to this country. Some things needed to change, others did not. Changing our lifestyle to a one size fits all model is exactly the issue. Perry has it correct. State by State is exact solution to the issue.

    June 19, 2014 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  11. pbcalif

    The economy??? What would Perry know about economics?

    June 19, 2014 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  12. TruthandConsequence

    The "gotchas" are at it. Perry never said and, clearly, never meant that homosexuality is a disease. He merely expressed his view, to which we all used to be entitled to, that he sees choice and not fate as being operative in all that we do. An alcoholic may have genetic predispositions and a homosexual may have some (to date poorly understood) predisposition to homosexuality, but in neither case is choice non existent. It's a view folks, just a view. As to whether each state should have the right to determine its own future on the merits and demerits of gay marriage – it is a question of how much one values family as the center of human society and how much credence one places in government by the "consent of the governed" for which our ancestors fought too long and bravely to achieve.

    June 19, 2014 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  13. Todd

    Just plain dumb waster of time. Are we all supposed to change our opinions for some small little minority of people? If LGBT is that insecure that they need OTHERS approval, even Rick Perry, they must not really believe they are legitimate.

    June 19, 2014 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  14. Scraps

    Run, Rick, Run!

    June 19, 2014 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  15. ephemeroptera1

    Dear the other 49 states,

    Please do not judge all Texans based upon our governor. There are many of us here who do not at all agree with him on social issues.

    June 19, 2014 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  16. ephemeroptera1

    Dear the other 49 States,

    Please do not judge all Texans based upon our governor. I would dare to say the majority of Texas do not agree with him on many social issues.

    June 19, 2014 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  17. Vusi

    And yet he wants to move to CA...interesting.

    June 19, 2014 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. Name

    I agree 100%
    And have said the same thing since epi-markers in gestation have been explored as the root cause of the birth defect of homosexuality.

    June 19, 2014 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  19. Psychologist

    Stone age-Perry is better off in Texas versus representing an entire country he knows so little about, let alone the diversity of its people. His ignorance is appalling.

    June 19, 2014 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  20. HeterocideFears

    Our agenda is advancing perfectly.

    June 19, 2014 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  21. matt

    Who cares really

    June 19, 2014 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  22. MaryM

    Oh no, Perry is trying to use, God forbid, Words again. So just keep talking Perry, you doing the democrats a great favor

    June 19, 2014 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  23. readerpan

    When your opinion is based on ideology, there are no facts which can change the opinion.

    June 19, 2014 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  24. Lone Start Tactical

    Nice Job Gov Perry – just hand the job to Hil;ary and call it a day.

    June 19, 2014 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  25. Jim

    Controversial or not, Gov. Perry is either right or more closer to what is right than the gay rights groups who think homosexuality is a natural and mentally healthy lifestyle. Using the comparison to alcoholism is valid as the pre-disposition traits of homosexuality and alcoholism are both genetically passed on. And likewise, both are viewed by most as mentally deviant lifestyles. Now, I am tolerant of both lifestyles existing, but counseling should be available to help folks who seek help. Not an easy subject at all and you may view me as narrow minded, but before you throw that criticism at me you better take another look at yourself. I am at least willing to listen to other sides of the issue.

    June 19, 2014 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
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