Governor Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality to Alcoholism

Just when we thought we'd heard every bizarre thing you can hear about homosexuality from politicians, here comes an epic fail from Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry actually compared homosexuality to -- ready for it? -- alcoholism. Perry reportedly told the audience at a conference in (of all places) San Francisco: "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." Erm, what?!


Alcoholism is an insidious and horrifying disease that kills thousands every year; 88,000 deaths are attributed every year to excessive drinking. Alcoholism can destroy your body. Your mind. It can rob you of the capability of making good choices and decisions. It increases domestic violence and stillbirths and birth defects.

It can cause neurological problems, dementia, stroke, and neuropathy. It can cause cancer and liver disease. It can severely affect your employment and family life. Every day, 28 people in the country are killed due to drunk driving accidents.

So far as I know, there is nothing in the "gay gene" that makes someone swerve across the center line and into oncoming traffic.

Now, maybe what he meant was that homosexuality is something that can be managed and controlled with a huge amount of dedication and work -- much like alcoholism can with the lucky ones.

But even if that is so, and it's quite debatable whether it is, why? Why is it necessary? No bad comes from being homosexual. Much bad comes from being alcoholic.

Yes, there are gay men and women who come out during a marriage and break up a family. But there are heterosexual men and women who have affairs and do the same thing -- yet no one is comparing heterosexuality to alcoholism.

If homosexuals can't have children in the "natural" way -- again, who cares? Many heterosexuals can't either. But they use surrogates or adopt and no one is calling them alcoholic.

So, I fail to see how homosexuality is like alcoholism at all -- and I'm pretty sure it says nothing like that in the Bible, if that is your particular anti-gay justification of choice.

To compare homosexuality to alcoholism is a huge insult to the gay population -- nor does it grasp the enormous battle that alcoholics face. Even the mostly Republican audience Perry was speaking to reportedly murmured in embarrassment over his crude and bizarre remark.

Rick Perry believes homosexuality is a "disorder" but it sounds like he has some sort of disorder -- it's called diarrhea of the mouth, and I don't think any amount of Imodium will shut him up!

What do you think about what he says?


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