Dear Rick Perry: We Don’t Give a Damn What You Think About Homosexuality

rick-perry-txMaybe it’s the fact that I didn’t have any coffee this morning, but for some reason when I read Texas Governor Rick Perry’s comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism, it just set me off.

Not because these kinds of comments shock me.  Because let’s be honest, comparing homosexuality to alcoholism isn’t anything close to some of the worst comments I’ve heard conservatives make about homosexuals.  (Take for instance this fool in Oklahoma.)

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.”

Ignoring the fact that alcoholism is a disease that tears lives apart, destroys families and kills people, he’s essentially saying that those who are born homosexual shouldn’t be given rights because they can have the “desire not to do that.”

So he actually admits that people might be born gay, but because he disagrees with homosexuality, they should just decide to not act out on their homosexuality instead choosing “not to do that.”  Much in the same way an alcoholic chooses not to drink.

Again, alcoholism kills people, destroys lives and tears apart families.  Gay marriage – does none of those things.

Besides, the thing about having freedom is that people don’t have to choose to “not do that” just because someone else disagrees with something.

I think what bugs me the most is that we’re still having to have this “debate” over whether or not we should treat American citizens equally based on their sexual orientation.

The general argument made by these knuckle dragging individuals who oppose equal rights for homosexuals is that the Bible tells them that homosexuality is a sin and they believe that being homosexual is a choice.

Well, let’s go ahead and toss out their first argument derived from the Bible because thanks to that little thing called the Constitution, and our First Amendment, we’re given a freedom of (or from) religion.  And even if you want to base it on religion, there are millions of Christians, and many Christian churches, who support gay rights and same-sex marriage.  So, in reality, denying these Christian churches the right to legally marry gay couples is actually infringing on their religious rights.

But since the First Amendment prohibits laws based on religion, let’s just focus on this belief that being homosexual is a choice.

So what if it is?  It’s not, and anyone who really believes that is an idiot, but for the sake of argument let’s say every homosexual in this country chose to be gay.

Who cares?

The last time I checked we lived in a free country.  If two consenting single adults of the same-sex decide that they want to be with one another and get married, explain to me how you justify opposing that based on the ridiculous argument that “they chose to be gay.”

You can’t.

So when you come to present your argument against gay marriage and your best statement is, “I don’t agree with homosexuality,” guess what – you lose.  

Because even if someone chooses to be gay, that’s none of your damn business.

But the fact of the matter is being gay isn’t a choice for the vast majority of homosexuals.  It’s who they were born to be and in a country such as the United States that gives every citizen equal rights, it’s time we stop denying gay Americans theirs.

And while we’ll never completely rid ourselves of ignorant jackasses like Rick Perry, I can promise you in the not too distant future history will reflect back on those like him with the same disdain and disgust that we do now toward those who opposed interracial marriage or civil rights.

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Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on both Twitter and Facebook. Have feedback, compliments, criticism or hate mail? You can email him as well.
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  • Mrs_oatmeal

    He is such a jerk! Educate yourself before you spew your mythology!

  • Cathryn Sykes

    The best retort to this “stop being gay” pitch was written by an advice columnist who got a letter from a woman very disturbed because her grown son had just told her he was gay. She felt that this was awful because her church group might find out and shun her and she thought he had “decided to be gay” just to get back at her because she hadn’t had any kind of celebration his last three birthdays. What could she do to get him to quit choosing to be gay? The advice columnist told her to show him how easy it was to choose one’s sexual orientation by herself choosing to be a lesbian for a year. Perfect!

  • Pipercat

    So Bigus, are you an alcoholic or….

  • Steve Temke

    Hey Rick. Being gay is not a choice. Being a prick is.

    • Kevin

      And how do you know that being a prick is a choice? These fallacious comebacks are becoming so clichè. Make a more logical argument.

      • Steve Temke

        So. We’ve got us an intellectual, here, and he wants a logical argument! Rick Perry, of the We-Deny-Science-Unless-It-Agrees-With-Us Party, pulls this nugget from his nether regions, but we’re supposed to answer it with solid scientific facts?

        Here’s a fact for you. That bible that Perry and the rest of you right wingers are so fond of quoting is no more relevant in crafting public poilcy in this country than a Harry Potter novel. The only difference is that Rowling wrote a better story.

      • Gary Menten

        Not to mention that Rowling writes more moral stories.

  • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

    shall gov RICKY look at what religion has done to humankind since we have been around????

  • Sunnysmom

    Oh man, I hope he runs for President again. Think of the fun Jon Stewart will have!!

  • kevin

    This article is the same plattitudinous yammer you find everywhere else. Why dont you have anything interesting to say? Also the wording is not only biased but its teetering on douchey.

  • kevin

    As a gay dude I am getting annoyed by the gay community flipping out over these things. The science is not out on what causes homosexuality, despite whatever mantras you may repeat to defend your egos. Swallow your “pride” in exchange for some humility.

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  • tom

    rick, then why do you condone adultery? the bible clearly states that in the commandments. the people were even going to stone Mary Magdalene, but Jesus stepped, and…you know the rest. you’re a hypocrite, rick. i would like to bring back the scarlet letter as in the puritan days. mormons believe and many wives — sounds like adultery to me. two guys getting marries will have nothing to do with you. first, will your world end as you know it? will you not be able to get up out of bed and function? i don’t so. life will continue as it’s always been. second, any sin of one is between the sinner and their God — not one’s neighbor, which cites a biblical passage, ‘do not meddle into other peoples’ affairs; keep clean thine own house.’ hypocrite. third, help me solve the following issues:

    1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both
    male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend
    of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you
    clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

    2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7.
    In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period
    of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I
    have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice,
    I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my
    neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the
    Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally
    obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

    6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating
    shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than
    homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of

    7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the
    altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear
    reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room

    8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed,
    including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly
    forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

    9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin
    of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

    10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by
    planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing
    garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He
    also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to
    all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16.
    Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with
    people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)