“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.