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Monday, June 16, 2014

Rick Perry Is Not a Psychologist, but He Still Thinks Gay People Are Icky

Posted by on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Remember last week, when Rick Perry said he wasn't sure if ex-gay therapy worked or not? He was asked about his statement this morning and he backpedaled a little bit just before waffling a little bit. (You don't often see the waffle/backpedal combination in one television appearance, but Rick Perry, as we all know, is a once-in-a-generation talent when it comes to TV appearances.)

“I don’t know,” the Republican governor said on CNBC when asked whether he believes that there should be therapy programs to “cure” homosexuality. “The fact is, we’ll leave that to the psychologists and the doctors.”

Host Joe Kernen pushed back, saying that psychologists have already dismissed the idea that homosexuality is a disorder or treatable.

When asked further about homosexuality, Perry refused to “condone” it, but said he would respect the rights of each state to set its own laws on same-sex marriage.

“I don’t necessarily condone that lifestyle,” he said of homosexuality. “I don’t condemn it, either. We’re all children of God.”

I think it's fine for Perry to stick gay people in the purgatory of not-condemning/not-condoning. He's a bigot and he's on the wrong side of history and his opinion isn't going to halt or slow the march for gay rights at all. But his continued endorsement of the idea that gayness is "curable" could conceivably have hurt a lot of young gay people. Perry's backpedaling on ex-gay therapy is a signal that politicians aren't allowed to spread that dangerous idea on the national stage anymore.


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Max Solomon 1
really? because it looks like he just spread that idea on the national stage again with his "the science isn't settled" BS.

and the GOP can't back down from it, because they can't afford to alienate their base.

Posted by Max Solomon on June 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Pretty sure that young gay people could give two shits about what some random politician thinks. And FYI, lots of straight supporters of gay rights find man-on-men sex in the pooper icky. That alone doesn't make you a bigot.
Posted by Confluence on June 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
What's really needed is to cure people of their religious afflictions.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on June 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM · Report this
@2 "Pretty sure that young gay people could give two shits about what some random politician thinks."

The kids in Texas will give two shits if their parents trot them off to conversion therapy. Remember that this is so dangerous in its assumptions that it has been banned for minors in both California and New Jersey. Meanwhile, the Texas Republican Party is leading the charge back into the 1950's.
Posted by Clayton on June 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM · Report this
smwmarathonsam 5
"The science is not settled" is the GOP's catch all term for ignoring hard truth and solid data. Science is never "settled," continual inquiry is the POINT of science. I hate seeing these morons hide behind that phrase to deny evolution, climate change, or those destructive and traumatizing pray-the-gay-away camps.

And that "can't condone not condemn" sounds a whole lot like "don't ask don't tell"-lite for bigotry to my ears.
Posted by smwmarathonsam on June 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
Jason Josephes 6
How many young gay people look to Rick Perry for advice? Probably not many, but I'd love to be a fly on the wall when that group meets.
Posted by Jason Josephes on June 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM · Report this
@3 - Religion is genetic. It's directly proportional to IQ.
Posted by rshoff on June 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM · Report this
venomlash 8
"[W]e'll leave that to the psychologists and the doctors."
Meanwhile, the GOP proceeds to ignore what psychologists and doctors say and in some cases even force them to lie to their patients. Cute.
Posted by venomlash on June 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 9
@2 & @6, of course most youth won't look to Perry for advice... but many of their parents do. Perry only gets to decide if his own kids get forced into therapy, but his support for pray-away-the-gay therapy will convince other parents to force their own gay kids into it. This is one of the most destructive and damaging things you can do to a gay kid. It dramatically increases the likelihood of suicide, failure in school, and drug use. Perry should be loudly condemned for making such damaging statements to score political points.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on June 16, 2014 at 2:33 PM · Report this
Science is never "settled," continual inquiry is the POINT of science.

Bit long for a tattoo, too bad
Posted by agony on June 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM · Report this

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