Are you serious Rick, get off the grass as its 2014 not 1914. It's comments and statements like these from the political right who make absurd assumptions with comparing these stupid claims especially on homosexuality and have no evidence or facts to back their claim on the two comparisons. On Wednesday, Perry made a startling comparison between alcoholism and homosexuality: both are pretty much the same…you know, in the same way that pepper spray is a food product (RIGHT, Megyn Kelly?).
“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 during an appearance at the Commonwealth Club of California.
Perry spoke, of course, in favor of the Texas GOP’s recent adoption of “reparative therapy,” a discredited practice of using self-hatred and shame to change a person’s sexual orientation.
“I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that,” he said, “And I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
Perry has used the “gays are the same as alcoholics” rhetoric before. In his 2008 book, On My Honor, Perry wrote, “Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink,” adding, “And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”
Perry is stepping down as Governor at the end of his current term, and may be running for President in 2016.
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A draft of the Texas Republican Party's new platform embraces gay conversion therapy, arguing that it is a viable option for "patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle."
The Texas GOP convention kicks off Thursday, and one of the tasks of delegates is rewriting the party's platform.
The current document, adopted in 2012,sharply condemns equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. There are multiple sections dealing with the issue, including language that reads: "We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans."
According to a draft of the new platform obtained by the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle, that language is gone. It still, however, contains a section criticizing homosexuality:
Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.
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