Nation Left Dumbfounded By Gov. Rick Perry's Absurd Remarks About Gay People

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No love for Governor Tricky Ricky and his ignorant views comparing being gay to 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,” said Perry while at an event in San Francisco.

People across the country shunned Perry's views about gay people as making no sense — while others calling them a “gay fixation.”

Update 6:39pm: Even fellow Republican Governor Chris Christie says Perry's views are wrong. His remarks below.

The Los Angeles Times shared a story today of New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie criticizing Perry:

“I disagree with him, and I don't believe that's an apt analogy and not one that should be made,” Christie said while in San Francisco on Friday.

TIME's response was appropriately titled, “Rick Perry Is Not a Neanderthal, Says Rick Perry”:

So where to begin? With the comparison of sexual orientation to what is often a fatal disease? With the airy reference to “genetic coding,” which whatever the governor thinks the term means, reveals almost no familiarity with the deep and smart research that's been done in recent years on the biological roots of any one person's sexual orientation? Or with the belief that it's healthy or even possible for a gay man or woman simply to “desire not to do that.” You're a heterosexual, governor. How would a lifetime of “not doing that” work for you?

The Rachel Maddow Blog called Perry's remarks “obviously dumb” and reflective of Perry's “twisted worldview”:

The Texas governor's comments yesterday were obviously dumb and emblematic of Perry's routinely twisted worldview, but the larger takeaway is that for much of the right, social issues haven't been “largely relegated to the sidelines” at all.

The Washington Post had an article arguing Perry faces a tough road to 2016, and his comments in San Francisco proved just why:

By all accounts, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is seriously weighing another run for president in 2016. But his remarks at a San Francisco forum Wednesday underscored one of his main challenges: sticking to the script.

The Human Rights Campaign warned of the harm “reparative therapy” does to LGBT people:

Many right-wing religious groups promote the concept that an individual can change his or her sexual orientation, either through prayer or other religious efforts, or through so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy. Research on such efforts has disproven their efficacy, and also has indicated that they can be affirmatively harmful. Beyond studies focused solely on reparative therapy, broader research clearly demonstrates the significant harm that societal prejudice and family rejection has on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, particularly youth. Furthermore, there is significant evidence of harm to LGBT people resulting from attempts to change their sexual orientation. Based on this body of evidence, every major medical and mental health organization in the United States has issued a statement condemning the use of reparative therapy.

Perry received no love on Twitter either, as Texas groups and even openly-gay actress Ellen Page and LGBT activist Dan Savage called him out on his absurdity:

Sadly, Ellen Page, Rick Perry is not just a figment of our imagination.

An ABC News/Washington Post from March of this year showed 65% of Americans believe being gay is “just the way people are, rather than the way they choose to be.” Only 25% of people surveyed believed being gay is a choice.

Obviously dumb. Not representative of Texans. Gay fixation. Yep, that seems to pretty much sum up Rick Perry's own personal “coding.”  


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Omar Araiza

Staff writer Omar Araiza covers immigration, Latino voters, the U.S.-Mexico border, and LGBT issues. He is a proud South Texas native, born and raised in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Omar tweets from @AraizaTX.

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