Rick Perry was in San Francisco – yes, that San Francisco – this week addressing a crowd at The Commonwealth Club when he was asked a question about the reparative therapy plank of the new GOP platform. The idea that you can “fix” a gay person through therapy is controversial at best, and this part of the Texas Republican Party's platform has been highly criticized since news of the language leaked last week.
Though Perry admitted he did not know whether reparative therapy works, he felt completely confident in sharing his own views about how being gay is actually a lot like alcoholism.
Rick Perry's full quote below the jump. After revealing that he is not sure whether this harmful and controversial plank approved by the party he supposedly leads is actually effective in helping gay people be straight, Greg Dalton of the Commonwealth Club asked a follow up: Did Rick Perry believe that homosexuality is a disorder?
From his response it isn't entirely clear whether “disorder” is the word Perry would use to describe being gay, but he sure thinks it is a lot like alcoholism:
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.
That's right, the current governor of our state thinks being gay is the same thing as an addiction to alcohol. Because being attracted to people of the same sex is clearly similar to a chemical dependency that can ruin a person's health and ability to function – at least according to Rick Perry and the reparative therapy – totin' Texas GOP.