Perry’s Gay Conversion / Alcoholism Analogy Continues to Draw Fire
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was once again blasted this week for comments he made last week comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. He’s also been criticized for the Texas GOP’s platform, which now supports conversion therapy.
When the Republican governor stopped by CNN’s "Crossfire" Wednesday night co-host Stephanie Cutter asked him over and over again to explain himself regarding his controversial comments.
"Are you saying homosexuality is a disease?" she asks.
"I think my position has been fairly clear on that for a substantial period of time..." Perry said before Cutter, who asked him to explain his position, cut him off.
"No, I’m going to tell you where I think we need to be as a country and what we need to be focused on," Perry said. "And that is not these social issues. I think social issues, frankly, should be decided state-by-state rather than being in something in Washington D.C. - trying to make a one size fits all."
Cutter said "this is not a Washington D.C. issue." But Perry disagreed.
"Why were you referring to alcoholism, could you explain that?" she asked.
"I got asked a question and I responded in the way that I have before," the governor said before adding, "The issue is one that needs to be decided state-by-state."
Cutter, not missing a beat, told Perry to talk about his state, Texas.
"Your Republican Party in Texas just adopted conversion therapy as part of their political platform," she said before explaining conversion therapy, which is a controversial practice that some believe can "turn" gay people straight even though it’s been rejected by a number of medical organizations.
"You’re the governor of Texas, you’re the leader of the Republican Party in Texas isn’t that exactly what you’re saying?" Cutter said.
"I said in that remark that I’d leave it to the psychiatrist and doctor," Perry said before being interrupted by Cutter who explained health officials have rejected conversion therapy.