Texas Governor Rick Perry equates homosexuality to alcoholism
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/13/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Texas Governor Rick Perry made some very controversial remarks in San Francisco. Questioned if he thought that homosexuality was a "disorder," Perry said it was a condition like alcoholism.
The crowd in San Francisco included many Perry supporters, "but the comment still drew a murmur of disbelief," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Speaking out in San Francisco, Perry was queried about the Republican Party of Texas' platform that now encourages reparative therapy to cure homosexuality.
"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," he said.
The crowd included many Perry supporters, "but the comment still drew a murmur of disbelief," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Human Rights Campaign, an organization that promotes gay rights, took Perry to task for the comment. "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," Fred Sainz, a Human Rights Campaign spokesman declared.
"Every major mental health and medical organization in the country has condemned practices aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation," Sainz said.
Every major mental health organization in the United States has found that reparative therapy, which works to repress homosexual attractions can be psychologically harmful. The practice has shown it could lead to depression and suicidal thoughts, particularly in the young.
Cathie Adams, president of the conservative Texas Eagle Forum, said she promoted the language added to the GOP platform because she has met people who were helped by reparative therapy. Adams says that her goal was to make it available in Texas for those who might want to voluntarily seek it out.
The therapy has been soundly outlawed in California and New Jersey.
Perry is traveling the country touting Texas' economic policies. His speech in San Francisco, and the day before in Bakersfield, was encouraging competition between states as a way to create jobs and keep businesses thriving.
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