Texas Governor Rick Perry made some interesting remarks regarding homosexuality Wednesday night. The potential Republican presidential candidate in the upcoming 2016 election made an analogy between homosexuality and alcoholism when he was asked whether he believes homosexuality was a mental disorder.
Perry made the remarks during a speech at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. The Texas governor raised eyebrows in his response to the question and even drew some gasps in the pro-Perry audience according to CNN affiliate KPIX. 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.”
In the remark, Perry is suggesting homosexuality as a mental disorder that can be changed through therapy or other treatments and by comparing it to alcoholism is also suggesting sexual orientation as an addiction. Perry’s stance should also not come as a surprise because of his outspoken stance against the Boy Scouts of America lifting their ban on gays as well as being a strong defender of the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, which was struck down by a federal judge in February.
The comments also come just days after Texas Republicans introduced and approved a party platform that includes “conversion” or “reparative” therapy that would covert homosexuals to heterosexual through counseling. This comes after the American Psychological Association’s dismissal of the ideal of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The governor wasn’t in California to discuss his views on homosexuality, but his remarks has become the focus of his trip, which was made to try to lure jobs and business opportunity to the state of Texas. Perry, who made a push for the White House in 2012, will certainly be questioned about his views and have his remarks referenced if he makes a similar push for president in 2016.