Being gay is like being an alcoholic, says Texas gov Rick Perry. In San Francisco.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes remarks during a panel discussion on "Criminal Justice Reform" at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) opens in Oxon Hill, Maryland, March 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Theiler)


Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes remarks during a panel discussion on "Criminal Justice Reform" at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) opens in Oxon Hill, Maryland, March 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

"I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that," Republican Texas governor Rick Perry said in remarks yesterday broadcast on a local television station. "And I look at the homosexual issue in the same way." This would not be particularly remarkable, were it not for the fact that Perry uttered this idiotic statement in the gayest metropolis of all: San Francisco.

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  1. Ok, for the sake of argument, let's say Gov. Perry is correct that the predisposition to alcoholism is exactly the same as being born gay.

    1. There are no laws against alcoholism
    2. Alcoholics are allowed to marry each other
    3. We don't bar people from establishments based on the fact that they have alcoholism; in fact, it's probably illegal to do so

    So if the Governor is correct—and, for the record, he's not; but even if he were—then he should either be pushing for equal rights or campaigning for legislation to stop alcoholics from getting married.

  2. If only there was a way that society could encourage gay men to enter into committed monogamous relationships!

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