CNBC calls out Rick Perry for comparing gays to “alcoholics”

You know you’re in trouble when CNBC calls you intolerant.

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry was pushed pretty hard on CNBC today by one of the hosts who took offense to Perry recently comparing being gay to being an alchoholic.

Perry recently was asked in San Francisco if he believed being gay was a disorder. Here’s what Perry said:

Commonwealth Club interviewer Greg Dalton then asked him whether he believes homosexuality is a disorder.

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry said. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”

I’ve long contended that only someone who was himself gay, or conflicted about his sexuality (bi, perhaps?), would think that being gay is a choice, something you can cure, or something that’s a temptation that can be tempered, like “alcoholism.”

100% straight people don’t have urges to hop into bed with someone of the same-sex in the same way that an alcoholic has a yearning for a drink.  I, for example, do not have an urge to sleep with women. (I do, however, face a nightly temptation to chow down on brownies.) But if I did have the lady-sex urge, in the back of my loins, I might just think it was some kind of oddity that I could control — must control — if only I could find the willpower.

I have always found these kind of comments to be a “tell.”  A reveal. And they, in my mind, have always spoken volumes about the person making them.

Well,  “Squawk Box” host Joe Kernan was having none of it today (see video below):

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a growing gay problem that goes far beyond his "Brokeback Mountain" jacket.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry “Brokeback Mountain” jacket from the 2012 presidential campaign.

“I have a really high bar for what I would take offense to, but that would exceed the bar for me on being an offensive comment. I don’t think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver or domestic violence or DWIs. I don’t understand how that’s similar.”

It just seems like the Republican party is going to forever behind the curve on issues like this, and it doesn’t help the party win itself.

Perry responded by saying, “I don’t necessarily condone that lifestyle; I don’t condemn it either.”

Whatever, Mary.*

(*Apparently, it’s now necessary to provide trigger warnings for self-loathing gay Republicans who aren’t entirely fluent in Gay. “Mary” isn’t a slur.

And let’s face it, “Mary Perry” does have a certain ring to it.)

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