Texas Gov. Rick Perry compared homosexuality to alcoholism during a speech in California, days after the Texas Republican Party backed voluntary conversion therapy for gays.
During a talk at the Commonwealth Club of California, Perry was asked about the sanctioned platform language that allows Texans to voluntarily seek “reparative counseling” in order to stop being gay.
Perry said he did not know if the therapy worked.
When asked if he believes homosexuality is a disorder, Perry implied that it is at least a choice.
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"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."
The Texas GOP approved the platform statement this week that "No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."
Conversion therapy has been banned in New Jersey and California.