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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen 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 Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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