Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) compared homosexuality to alcoholism Wednesday, arguing that both can be overcome.
Perry has advanced an argument along the same lines before. In his 2008 book, he wrote, "Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink,” adding, "And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender."
Perry, who ran for president unsuccessfully in 2012, is viewed as a potential 2016 candidate. He is stepping down as governor at the end of his current term.