CNBC Host Goes After Rick Perry Over Offensive Gay Alcoholic Remarks
Joe Kernan, host of CNBC’s "Squawk Box," called out Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry Monday morning for the controversial remarks he made last week comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.
"In terms of comparing it to alcoholism, that’s what got all the play, and I have a really high bar for what I would take offense to, but that would exceed the bar for me on being an offensive comment," Kernan said. "I don’t think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver or domestic violence or DWIs. I don’t see how that’s similar."
Perry said he "understands" people have "different opinions about that" before launching off on how he believes states should have the right to make decisions on gay marriage, rather than Washington.
"I get that," the TV show host says, interrupting Perry. "But in terms of changing the behavior of someone, you wouldn’t think that someone who’s heterosexual, that you couldn’t change them into a homosexual, or someone who is homosexual, you don’t think that there should be therapy to try to change them into a heterosexual?"
"I don’t know," Perry says, adding that it should be "left to the psychologists and the doctors." Kernan didn’t let the governor get away with that remark.
"The psychologists they’ve already weighed in," he said. "They’ve dismissed the idea that sexual orientation is a mental disorder and they’ve told their mental health professionals to avoid telling clients that you can change your sexual orientation."