Rick Perry: I 'Stepped Right In It' With Gay Remarks

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 07:56 PM

By Jason Devaney

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is backtracking on comments he made about gays last week, saying he "stepped right in it."

The Republican spoke to reporters Thursday and, according to the Wall Street Journal, admitted to making a mistake when he compared alcoholism to being gay.

"I got asked about an issue, and instead of saying, 'You know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country 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 of getting — which I did, I readily admit, I stepped right in it," he said.

Perry came under fire after saying, "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 in the same way."

Perry responded to his comments earlier this week by saying he would leave it up to doctors to decide whether or not sexual orientation is a behavioral choice or a psychological disorder.

"I don't know. The fact is, we'll leave that to the psychologists and the doctors," Perry replied when asked whether or not therapy could turn gays into heterosexuals.

On Thursday, Perry also spoke about the nation's border security — the Obama administration's "clear constitutional responsibility," he said.

Perry is a potential candidate for president in the 2016 election, and he was asked about his age and whether or not it would be a factor. He will be 66 on election day that year. "66 is the new 46," he joked.

Perry's time in the governor's mansion will end this year, as he will not run for re-election after having led the state since 2000.

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