Texas Governor Rick Perry admits: 'I stepped right in it'

Perry is being widely criticized and ridiculed for comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Texas Governor Rick_Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry has admitted that 'I stepped right in it' when he made a recent comment comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

The remark has been widely criticized and ridiculed and even fellow Republican Chris Christie went on the record saying he does not agree with Perry's view.

Perry had said in an interview: 'Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that. 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.'

At a at a luncheon hosted by The Christian Science Monitor on Thursday (19 June), he tempered his comments, according to The Hill[1].

'I got asked about issues and instead of saying "You know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country to everybody" and get back to talking about, whether you're gay or straight, you need to be having a job, and those are the focuses that I want to be involved with.'

'I readily admit, I stepped right in it.'

He then added: 'If you're really going to be the party that's going to talk to everybody, and say "Listen, you may not agree with all of my positions but getting you and your family and your loved ones the opportunity to live a better life because we've created a climate in this country where you're going to have a job and a good job and a good-paying job, if we'll do that then I think we'll be successful...We are an incredibly diverse mosaic of a country.'

References

  1. ^ The Hill (thehill.com)

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