Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, equated homosexuality to alcoholism in his 2008 book, “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting for,” and suggested “radical gay rights groups” are intolerant.
For the record, alcoholism is classified as a substance use disorder. Homosexuality is not a mental disorder at all.
Time Magazine’s Mark Benjamin writes today, “in a little-noticed passage in his first book, “On My Honor,” a encomium on the Boy Scouts published in 2008, Perry also drew a parallel between homosexuality and alcoholism. ‘Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink,’ he wrote. ‘And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender’.”
“In ‘On My Honor,’ Perry also punted on the exact origins of homosexuality. He wrote that he is ‘no expert on the ‘nature versus nurture’ debate,’ but that gays should simply choose abstinence. Perry’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on whether he maintains this view.”
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