Rick Perry and the Curious Case of Gay Griping

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the military's discriminatory ban barring homosexuals from serving openly, was signed out of law a year ago this month. After an exhaustive implementation review by the President, the Joint-Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of Defense, it officially ended almost three months ago. What effect has allowing the homos to serve openly in the military had on its strength and readiness? None at all (to no surprise to members of the military, veterans, LGBT folks, and most Americans in general).

But try telling this to Rick Perry, the one-time GOP frontrunner now polling in the single digits. He and (the also-single digit polling) Rick Santorum seem to think demonizing the gays and trying to push them back into the closet in the military, while the armed forces and the rest of America have moved on, could be their salvation.

Here's the full text of an ad Perry released yesterday:

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again. I'm Rick Perry and I approve this message.
We knew Perry had some, er, problems regarding race that might haunt him. But he's largely gotten off the hook for his virulent homophobia. We suspect that, unlike Sen. Ruben Diaz, Perry's homophobia is overlooked because he looks slick and rarely puts it front and center. But that changed yesterday when, in this ad (which looks creepily like a Land's End commercial) he shows that his plan for America includes re-igniting the battle over gays in the military that is already over.

Unsurprisingly, Perry also assailed Secretary Hillary Clinton's speech yesterday in Geneva which said "gay rights are human rights." In a statement, Perry wrote (emphasis ours):

"Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn't get any more out of touch with America's values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights. This administration's war on traditional American values must stop. I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America's national security interests. Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America's interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers' money. But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea. This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americans of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong. President Obama has again mistaken America's tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake."
Perry may not have much of a shot at the GOP nomination; still, he has a lot of money in the bank, so as he spends it in conservative early nominating states, expect to see a lot more this kind of gay bashing and sinister innuendo.

H/t: @ArunChaud

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rickabrams
rickabrams

I've run into lots of Rick Perry types who think they aren't Gay.  The funniest (scariest) I remember was a Marine stud from 8709 who said he wasn't Gay.  He was a bottom and he had a similarly versatile oral aperture who admitted to performing ever possible Gay sex act many times, but he maintained that he wasn't Gay because he didn't like it.  After a 100 visits to 8709, he insisted he didn't like it. 

The only thing larger than infinity is the ability of a right wing homophobe to deceive himself into thinking he isn't Gay.

pollabear
pollabear

My friend and gay former State Rep from Austin, Tx Glen Maxey published his book today on Rick Perry and rumors of his homosexuality-very timely...

http://joethepleb.com/2011/12/...

I've lived under Perry most my life and the fact this comes days after 'strong' is 'awesome'.

-Joe

billyjoe
billyjoe

The real issue here is the tolerance that allows Perry to run this ad in the first place. I live right next door in Illinois and know very well that Perry and his handlers wouldnt even think of running such an ad in our state, which is chock full of educated and moderate Republican and Democrats.

zingnoo
zingnoo

I never even thought about it liek that.www.Ultimate-Privacy[dot]Net

OH PLEASE !
OH PLEASE !

Well we older queens have always said it takes one to know one, you catch my drift? I wander which one get to wear the pink and yellow taffeta ball-gown. Rick Perry or Geoffrey? I wander? Perry can't keep his train of tought. Can you imagine Perry's trials and troubles working it in a pink and yellow taffeta ball-gown and a pair of smart looking heels! Lets face it guys. Perry is a real heel. Is this the best that the GOP has to offer. There is the mean pop-in fresh dough boy Newt. Now there is a real tacky and vindictive bitch. She's he founder of the EVELYN WOODS reading dynamics course. You can only be that vindictive, by being a really bitter bitch! Now really girls do we need that in the White House? We have had far better in the past.   

Joe Tacopino
Joe Tacopino

Social conservatives are NOT comfortable with either Romney or Gingrich. So Perry going full dbag in this spot is probably him trying to reignite his love affair with conservative Iowans. GOD, GUNS, GAYS -- Rick Perry's Hail Mary pass.

MarkStark
MarkStark

I'm not getting the connection between gays in the military and kids celebrating Christmas. He might as well have said:

"Women have the right to vote, but our kids can't celebrate Christmas or openly pray in school."

Jesus for President!

Jack Smith
Jack Smith

I can see him now, " Since women started to vote and blacks left the plantation, this country has gone to hell in a hand basket and the kids still can't celebrate Christmas in school."

JREWING2 0
JREWING2 0

Hell never win He could grab on to a myriad of other issues but he has to pull out the gay draw 10 card.Forget the homo allegations against this guyI pray someone releases some De Lahoya style shots If someone believes his policies benefit the working poor, they are drunk with stupid.If you love your country enough to risk life and limb, why should your sexuality matter

Dino S.
Dino S.

Go to Google and type in "Rick Perry gay" or "Rick Perry gay affair Geoffrey Connor Texas Secretary of State", and see what comes up. Yes, there have been rumors for years that Rick Perry is himself a closeted homosexual in the mold of J Edgar Hoover, Clyde Tolson or Roy Cohen. If he is, he needs to be exposed as a hyprocritical POS. NOW!!

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