After Rick Perry episode, Medved talks liberal traps on gay issues

By KTTH | June 25, 2014
Rick Perry

Recently, Texas Gov. Rick Perry found himself in trouble – mostly from the left-leaning press – over comments he made regarding the Texas Republican Party’s platform on gay issues. The platform announced support of therapy to treat homosexuality.

In full, the Texas Republicans platform says, ” … we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.”

So, after a speech in San Francisco, a member of the audience asked Rick Perry about the platform, and Perry insinuated that he feels homosexuality can be changed similar to how an alcoholic can remain sober.

KTTH host Michael Medved wrote a column about the issue, advising conservatives to watch out for potential liberal traps when talking about issues of gay rights and gay identity:

The press disparagingly summarized [the Rick Perry] comments with headlines saying “Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality to Alcoholism” and thereby damaged his long-shot presidential prospects, while notably ignoring his smart, substantive speech on job creation and the business climate.

The governor’s unfortunate experience demonstrates the special care that conservatives – particularly religious conservatives – must take when addressing all issues of gay rights and gay identity. Above all, it’s foolhardy and unnecessary to be pushed into a simple yes-or-no answer on the irrelevant question of whether or not homosexuality constitutes a lifestyle choice.

When confronted with this challenge, it’s important to acknowledge that for some people there appears to be no choice at all: for whatever reason, they seem hard-wired from an early age for same-sex attraction. Most Americans know someone among their friends, family-members, school-mates or passing acquaintances, who insists he has no more choice over his gay orientation than he does right-or-left-handedness. Aside from ongoing scientific debate over the origins of homosexual identity, it’s a terrible political strategy to dismiss such claims as dishonest and deluded. Social conservatives concede no important ground by agreeing that some people have no choice over gay orientation, just as most people have no choice over our powerful opposite-sex attractions.

Medved’s entire column about Rick Perry and talking about gay issues appeared originally on host Ben Shapiro’s website. Read the entire piece here. 

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