• December 26, 2014

Perry says he ‘stepped right in it’ with gay remarks

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 4:30 am

WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Perry said it was a mistake for him to use a story about alcoholism to explain his views on homosexuality.

Perry said Thursday at a forum hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that he “stepped right in it” after being asked during a trip to California last week if homosexuality is a disorder.

Perry said at the time that if he had the “genetic coding” to be an alcoholic, he still has the choice not to drink. “I look at the homosexual issue as the same way,” he told the Commonwealth Club of California.

His response came after the Texas Republican Convention sanctioned platform language allowing Texans to seek voluntary counseling to “cure” being gay.

The platform stands in contrast to California and New Jersey, which have banned licensed professionals from providing such therapy to minors.

The governor, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, explained Thursday that he allowed himself to be “distracted” by the question. He said he should have kept his focus on the importance of creating jobs.

“I got asked about issues, and instead of saying, ‘You know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country to everybody,’ and get back to talking about, whether you’re gay or straight, you need to be having a job,” he said. “I readily admit I stepped right in it.”

Perry’s explanation is similar to one he gave in the aftermath of a November 2011 presidential debate when he forgot the third of three federal agencies he had pledged to dissolve.

“I’m glad I had my boots on tonight,” he said at the time. “I stepped in it out there.”

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.