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Texas governor says he 'stepped right in it' on gay comments

Texas Governor Rick Perry Speaks At The Commonwealth Club

(Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry has said he "stepped right in it" when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism as something that can be fought against despite genetic disposition.

The Republican who is weighing another presidential campaign in 2016 after a gaff-prone first attempt in 2012, did not actually apologized for the remarks, but instead told a lunch hosted by the Christian Science Monitor newspaper on Thursday he should have stuck to a message of inclusion and jobs.

Rick Perry Compares Being Gay to Alcoholism

"I got asked about an issue, 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 I want to be involved with,' instead ... I readily admit, I stepped right in it," Perry said, according to a video recording of the event.

Perry was asked at an appearance in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club of California on June 11 whether he believes homosexuality was a disorder, according to local media reports.

"I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that," Perry said in remarks broadcast on the CBS affiliate. "And I look at the homosexual issue in the same way."

A few people in the audience gasped in response, according to the CBS report, and the comments drew broader criticism across the United States eve though in his 2008 book, "On My Honor," Perry made a similar comparison.

It's not the first time Perry has employed a variation on the "stepping in it" phrase, which often relates to placing boots in something unpleasant.

In what was perhaps the biggest gaffe of the 2012 election campaign, Perry lost his train of thought during a televised candidate debate and could not recall which government departments he wanted to eliminate if he became president.

"I'm glad I had my boots on tonight. I stepped in it out there," Perry told reporters afterward.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Bill June 20 2014 at 7:11 AM

Rick was never and will never be ready for prime time...except to the buffoons on TexASS who vote for him

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teaparty2implode June 20 2014 at 7:17 AM


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Jim June 20 2014 at 7:52 AM

There is a solution for Perry's problem -- duct tape.

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bricklayer June 20 2014 at 6:44 AM

This guy is the biggest Piece of Chit . He is completely UNAMERICAN. Hes a Scuuumbag.

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Jef June 20 2014 at 8:01 AM

He didn't just "step right in it" again, that's how he truely feels about any and all the his 'off' comments.Leopard can't change their spots!!!

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ranger197172 Jef June 20 2014 at 8:19 AM

That is why the repubs lost the last two elections, they can't come up with a viable candidate.

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usapaydirt June 20 2014 at 9:02 AM

Rick is free to have personal feelings, but where the problem arises, is when you allow that to bleed over into your job as an elected public servant . You see, as an Elected public servant you are sworn to uphold the Constitution, which clearly states that we are all equal under the Law. This means you don't get to take sides or cherry pick and make specific laws based on your personal beliefs, without violating your oath of office. Making these comments though, makes him come across as Looney and unfit to serve the Public.....

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leftydap52 June 20 2014 at 8:31 AM

RICK CANT HELP HIS MOUTH FROM TALKING. This man is a FREAK-SIDE show...and the PEOPLE of TEXAS are even freakier for putting him into office. BUT THEN AGAIN......I was in TEXAS one day for a year.


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jbek13 June 20 2014 at 10:20 AM

The biggest news of the day is the missing IRS emails and now the destruction of the hard drives...where's the story from Huff?

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Ola Estaban!!!! jbek13 June 20 2014 at 12:43 PM

the huff does not report new. they release white house talking points.

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hohohoazhohoho Ola Estaban!!!! June 20 2014 at 2:03 PM

why then do you keep reading the huffington news? there are any number of other choices where you can get your news...and you can probably find other stories and other versions of stories for you to complain about and blame on the white house.

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jgasperlin Ola Estaban!!!! June 20 2014 at 3:20 PM

So when Huffington reported the MSNBC report from Chuick Todd yesterday saying that Obama's Presidency was over because of lagging public support that was a White House talking pointt? Who would thought that!! Go back to Fox news and drink your Kool Aid.

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shaymay2 jbek13 June 20 2014 at 4:35 PM

you must have missed it they ran the story on 6/17

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Ron June 20 2014 at 2:25 PM

And Dems relate gun owners to terrorists! What hypocrites!

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buddyboygabe Ron June 20 2014 at 2:40 PM

and Obama and Clinton said back in 2007, "TRUE marriage is ONLY a man and woman", hummmm! Wind directions must have changed, due to the voting numbers!

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rude June 20 2014 at 10:18 AM

Face it, if a gay man and his dog were hit by the governor's limo, Rick Perry would phone the veterinarian first.

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