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Potential Presidential Candidate Compares Homosexuality to Alcoholism
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on June 13, 2014 @ 7:00PM
Created on June 13, 2014 @ 1:55PM

Texas governor Rick Perry is raising some eyebrows after he compared alcoholism to homosexuality. He said this while speaking in San Francisco, and according to reports some of the pro-Perry crowd gasped when they heard his reasoning.

Perry's stance was that while he may have the genetic coding to be an alcoholic, he could resist the impulse, and he said he felt the same way when it comes to homosexuality.

This comes fresh off the heels of his recent support for voluntary psychological therapy targeted at converting homosexuals to heterosexuals. That stance is in stark contrast to several other states, which have banned this kind of therapy.

Experts said while Perry may have been voicing his opposition to gay marriage, some said he should have talked with medical professionals before voicing his expertise on an issue like this. 

"He's probably, even if you look at the 2016 Republican presidential primary electorate, outside that group because a lot of young Republicans are supportive of same-sex marriage," said Dr. Neil Berch, an associate professor of political science at WVU.

While gathering this report, we didn't find anyone that agreed with Perry's standpoint. Some of you said while you're not for gay marriage, you can't believe Perry put it like this. One man said he should have never said it at all.

"I don't think he had any position to even make any kind of statement with regards to being gay or alcoholic. What if you're gay and alcoholic? He just shouldn't have said what he said," said Clifford Currey, a Wallace resident.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, every major mental health and medical organization in the country has frowned upon practices aiming to change a person's sexual orientation.


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