A Memo to Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Rick Perry

To: Gov. Rick Perry, State of Texas

re: A brief word of advice

It’s over, Governor. Your side lost. Get used to it.

The Texas Republican Party this month adopted a platform supporting access to “reparative therapy” for gays and lesbians, a widely discredited process intended to change sexual orientation. In response to an audience question about it Wednesday night, Perry said he did not know whether the therapy worked.

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.”


Oh, right, one other thing: No, reparative “therapy” doesn’t work any more than one could “repair” the Texas out of you. And when did ignorance become a virtue among Republicans?

Well, okay, right. But, still … y’know? I mean, really?


Baker, David R. “In S.F., Rick Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism”. San Francisco Chronicle. 12 June 2014.

Mitchell, Kristen. “Ohio bill would restrict abortion coverage”. The Columbus Dispatch. 4 June 2014.

Benen, Steve. “The fatal flaw in the new GOP climate dodge”. msnbc. 30 May, 2014.

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