Rick Perry Clarifies His Remarks About Homosexuality

"Governor Perry, I just want to make sure I have this right. You said, and I quote, 'whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that.' Is that right?"
“Governor Perry, I just want to make sure I have this right. You said, and I quote, ‘whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that.’ Is that right?”
"That, ah, yeah, that sounds right."
“That, ah, yeah, that sounds right.”
"OK, and then you said -- and, again, I'm quoting you here -- '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.'"
“OK, and then you said — and, again, I’m quoting you here — ‘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.’”
"Um, yeah. Where is this going?"
“Um, yeah. Where is this going?”
"Well, I was just wondering if, you know--"
“Well, I was just wondering if, you know–”
"Cheez-Its H. Christ, hand, spit it out!"
“Cheez-Its H. Christ, hand, spit it out!”
"Did you just admit to being an alcoholic?"
“Did you just admit to being an alcoholic?”
"What? No."
“What? No.”
"What in the GD heck? Where did you get that load of horse mess?"
“What in the GD heck? Where did you get that load of horse mess?”
"Well, um, from your quote, Governor. You said, 'I may have the genetic coding to be--'"
“Well, um, from your quote, Governor. You said, ‘I may have the genetic coding to be–’”
"Whoa, whoa, whoa. Whoa. I said, 'may have,' slim. MAY HAVE."
“Whoa, whoa, whoa. Whoa. I said, ‘may have,’ slim. MAY HAVE.”
"Right. But then you said, let's see, 'But I have the desire not to do that.' Which, I mean, if you weren't an alcoholic, why would you even have to make a choice?"
“Right. But then you said, let’s see, ‘But I have the desire not to do that.’ Which, I mean, if you weren’t an alcoholic, why would you even have to make a choice?”
"What? No. I mean -- no. Like, I meant, you know, like maybe my daddy drank too much, and I didn't want to be like--"
“What? No. I mean — no. Like, I meant, you know, like maybe my daddy drank too much, and I didn’t want to be like–”
"So, your father was an alcoholic?"
“So, your father was an alcoholic?”
"I swear, son, you are working on my last nerve."
“I swear, son, you are working on my last nerve.”
"OK, but following your logic, say your father was tall, but you had, as you say, 'no desire' to be tall, do you think you could go against your genetic coding and not be tall?"
“OK, but following your logic, say your father was tall, but you had, as you say, ‘no desire’ to be tall, do you think you could go against your genetic coding and not be tall?”
"Ha ha, very funny. Yeah, heh, I see what you're doing."
“Ha ha, very funny. Yeah, heh, I see what you’re doing.”
"Oh, you do? Well, I have to say, Governor, that is, uh, a refreshing change."
“Oh, you do? Well, I have to say, Governor, that is, uh, a refreshing change.”
"You've got some brass on you, kid. Anything else?"
“You’ve got some brass on you, kid. Anything else?”
"Nah, I think that's it. Wait -- can you do an offensive impression of a gay man that will further alienate you from any possible LGBT supporters?"
“Nah, I think that’s it. Wait — can you do an offensive impression of a gay man that will further alienate you from any possible LGBT supporters?”
"Hm. I probably shouldn't."
“Hm. I probably shouldn’t.”
"Oh, OK. This is Nathan Lane from The Birdcage."
“Oh, OK. This is Nathan Lane from The Birdcage.”