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Rick Perry doesn't understand a lot of stuff, but that rarely stops him from sharing his ignorant notions.  Now Perry explains that people's sexual orientation is like substance abuse. Like alcoholism inparticular, something Perry does have some first hand experience with.

Perry equates homosexuality, alcoholism

By Steve Benen

The moderator at the Commonwealth Club of California asked [Texas Gov. Rick Perry] if he considered homosexuality to be a disorder, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry allegedly 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.”

Perry, of course, helps lead the Texas Republican Party, which just last weekend formally endorsed the notion that “reparative therapy” is an effective way to turn gay people straight through counseling. The state GOP endorsed its “legitimacy and efficacy” for “patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”

Asked yesterday whether he believes in “reparative therapy,” the Republican governor said he does not know whether the practice works. (It doesn’t.)

Perry along with Texas Republicans buy into this nonsense treatment being promoted by charlatans and hucksters.  My dad was an alcoholic, and he was also a physician who specialized in Addictionology. Unlike “reparative therapy,” there are treatments for alcoholism that can work. Alcoholism is difficult to treat successfully, with most alcoholics going through treatment several times before achieving success. “Reparative therapy” often takes a religious approach of trying to trying to "Pray the Gay away" and is completely ineffective.

Governor Perry, a better comparison for a person's sexual preference might be whether a person is born left or right handed.  

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