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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Tim Pawlenty disagrees with Lady Gaga

When it comes to the gays, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R) is the pits. The self-professed Lady Gaga listener who says he likes the gay anthem “Born this way” disavowed the foundation of that song by expressing doubt about whether someone is indeed born this way on “Meet the Press” yesterday.

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“There’s no scientific conclusion that it’s genetic. We don’t know that,” Pawlenty told David Gregory. “But as I understand the science, there’s no current conclusion that it’s genetic.” And with that sentence he demonstrated how little he understands the science. The folks at Think Progress took him to task on this point. And if Pawlenty actually talked to and listened to gay people, he’d be hard-pressed to find one who’d say they woke up one day and chose to be gay. That most definitely wasn’t the case for me.

Anyway, alluding to the GOP’s fraught relationship with science and climate change, the best reaction I received after tweeting Pawlenty’s fuzzy thinking on homosexuality yesterday came from @Rubinville: Why is being gay the only time Republicans believe in science?

Fabulous question.

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