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Bonehead quote of the week: Gov. Rick perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism

  1. Basoodler
    In response to the Texas Republican Party’s recently released preliminary retrograde platform draft, which includes the painfully backward support for gay and lesbian ‘conversion’ therapy, Gov. Rick Perry took the opportunity to compare homosexuality to alcoholism— because, apparently, they’re both life choices we consciously and deliberately make. When asked if he believes homosexuality is a disorder during a speaking engagement in San Francisco Wednesday, Perry responded:

    “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry said, according to the SF Chronicle. “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.”

    The newspaper noted that while the crowd included several Perry supporters, his comments still, “drew a murmur of disbelief.”

    While the right-wing has long sought to paint sexual orientation as a “lifestyle choice” to be remedied by therapy, one need not look further than the ample, well-documented, medically accurate and scientifically proven studies to show otherwise. Major health organizations like the American Psychological Association and the World Health Organization have invalidated and denounced reparative therapy, with the WHO describing it as a “a serious threat to the health and well-being — even the lives — of affected people.”

    And even some of the medical professionals who once supported the idea have since reversed course— physiatrist Dr. L. Spitzer, author of a study advocating conversion therapy, later apologized, condemned the practice and recanted his research findings.

    Fred Sainz, vice president for communications at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), had this apt zinger for ‘ol Goodhair: “Although he may not have the ‘genetic coding’ to think before he speaks, Rick Perry, M.D. should have a real conversation with actual doctors before voicing his expertise on these issues.”

    by Mary Tuma, blogs.sacurrent.com
    June 13



  1. MikePatton
    He is so clearly a repressed homosexual. What other reason is there for someone to be so homophobic? Such extreme hate and frustration can only mean he is trying to repress something.
  2. kumar420
    The man is an ass, but its also possible he was molested by a man as a kid and mistakenly thinks that is what homosexuality is like. Obviously ridiculous, entirely possible. Or he's just a huge jackass. Far more likely
  3. Nepenthe
    Just once I'd like a politician to say something along the lines of "look, I'm not going to comment, because frankly it's none of my business, it's none of the government's business, and it's really not relevant to the business of making the right administrative choices to govern properly; my job is to create a country where all people are free to pursue their own happiness, whatever that entails."
  4. Joe-(5-HTP)
    It's tempting to believe this, but it's probably not true.

    Fact is, 1000 years ago we would all have been homophobic. It's a cultural issue, not a psychological one.
  5. Alien Sex Fiend
    Joe, What about those cavemen who according to some archeologists, had bisexual orgies and shared wives in caves? Its definitely cultural, homophobia is a tradition of many cultures. There is some cultures that do not have homophobia at all
  6. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Yeah, isn't that what I said?
  7. Alien Sex Fiend
    you said:

  8. Joe-(5-HTP)
    right, I meant us westerners.

    My bad.
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