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Rick Perry: ’I Stepped Right In It’ Regarding Oops Moment Linking Gays to Alcoholics

Friday Jun 20, 2014
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After a week of occupying numerous headlines and debates over a statement made likening homosexuality to alcoholism, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) appears to be backing away from the hot button social issue and diverting attention to the economy, MSNBC reports.

"I got asked about an issue, and instead of saying, ’You know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country, and get back to talking about, whether you’re gay or straight you need to be having a job, and those are the focuses I want to be involved with,’" Perry said at a Christian Science Monitor event held Thursday during the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference organized by Christian activist Ralph Reed. "Instead of getting - which I did, I readily admit, I stepped right in it." 

In a further attempt to shift the conversation to the economy, Perry continued, "If you’re really going to be the party that’s going to go talk to everybody and say, ’Listen, you may not agree with all of my positions, but getting you and your family, your loved ones the opportunity to live a better life because we have created a climate in this country where you’re going to have a job and a good job and a good paying job,’ if we’ll do that, then I think we’ll be successful."

Perry’s original comments likening homosexuality to alcoholism came during a conversation on June 11 where he was asked about recent plank language adopted by the Texas GOP that advocates gay conversion therapy.

"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. "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’s comment drew fire almost immediately from critics on both sides of the aisle, most notably from fellow Republican governor and presumptive challenger for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Chris Christie of New Jersey.

As previously reported by EDGE, when speaking to a group of reporters in San Francisco last week, the New Jersey governor was asked if the Republican Party and the Republican Governors Association, which is headed by Christie, should disavow Perry’s statements.

"I don’t believe that’s an apt analogy and not one that should be made because I think it’s wrong," Christie said. He added, however, that governors and other public officials can say what they want about hot button issues.

Perry’s comments continued to hold center stage Wednesday, when during a broadcast of CNN’s "Crossfire " the governor was grilled by co-host Stephanie Cutter who repeatedly asked him to explain the comment.

"Why were you referring to alcoholism, could you explain that?" she asked.
"I got asked a question and I responded in the way that I have before," the governor said before adding, "The issue is one that needs to be decided state-by-state."

Cutter, not missing a beat, told Perry to talk about his state, Texas.
"Your Republican Party in Texas just adopted conversion therapy as part of their political platform. You’re the governor of Texas, you’re the leader of the Republican Party in Texas isn’t that exactly what you’re saying?" Cutter said.

On Thursday, Politico reported Perry referred to his 2012 campaign for president as "painful" and "humbling."

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2014-06-20 12:31:50

    Sorry folks, you are no longer allowed to express your opinion about anything. The MSM, if they disagree (and if you are a conservative- they disagree), will put you in the global pillory, perhaps even spearhead an effort to force you out of your employment, sell your property, be financially devastated, perhaps even try to get you arrested for not having the "approved by the state" opinion. Forget all that nonsense about freedom of speech... Just shut-up, get in lock step with the fascists, or be raked over the coals and destroyed in the media. Good luck with that, America.


  • Martin D Goodkin, 2014-06-20 19:28:42

    Come on out of the closet Anon.!


  • Jonathan Willner, 2014-06-20 21:28:23

    Perry was born up to his neck in it.


  • Anonymous, 2014-06-20 23:40:18

    Governor Rick Perry (my conservative cousin refers to him as Gov. Fairhair and adds that is all he is good for) is not a newcomer to politics. He has been governor of Texas for a very long long time. (Is it 14 years?) He has a responsibility to know what he is talking about before he opens his mouth. Clearly h is remarks show his ignorance on the topic of sexual orientation. Furthermore,if he and the Republicans would do some investigation and consult independent psychologists on the topic of "conversion" or "reparative" therapy, they would know full well it is a quack therapy and fraudulent. As such, they will know you can suppress sexual orientation for a time and pretend to be what you are not - at great harm to yourself, any heterosexual partner and any children from your union.


  • Anonymous, 2014-06-21 00:08:17

    Anonymous is exactly right. I think Perry misspoke and he honestly does not think about gay/straight -- because it’s not an issue to him. It’s only the radical left that makes everything about race or gender or sexual orientation. Our current president has been the most divisive president in history. Texas is and has been thriving. Despite the Obama administration attempts to bring down Texas and the United States; Perry for all of his faults has been doing a damn good job as governor.


  • Larry Bales, 2014-06-22 07:48:34

    As they say "... ignorance is bliss, thus I realize now why the GOP morons think they are a happy folk..." as far as Annon 1 & 2 go, perhaps you shopuld remove your heads from where they have apparently been way too long... Oh, I know... you profess to be a fine upstanding christian, but you hate anyone different than yourself ’cause your god told you it was allright to hate ’cause you are forgiven... and you actually believe that you are righteous and without fault?!! Straight... gay... bi... trans... black... white... yellow... etc. we are all here on planet earth created by almighty.


  • Anonymous, 2014-06-22 18:06:15

    Did he pick his significant other?? Then shut up and let others do the same!


  • David Seidel, 2014-06-28 08:29:48

    One thing that I haven’t heard anyone mention about this latest incident is that Mr. Perry has acknowledged that we are "born this way." Forever we have been told that we choose to be gay-that it’s a choice-that we could be with opposite gendered people. But now Mr. Perry says that we are born gay (though we still need to shut it down). Personally, I think this is a pivotal point. He doe have lush hair though...


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