Read time: 2 minutes

Perry To Bisexual 14-Year-Old: Homosexuality Is A 'Sin'

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry explained Sunday that his faith tells him that gay men and lesbians shouldn't be allowed to serve openly in the military. Following a campaign event in Decorah, Iowa, 14-year-old Rebecka Green, who
9 years ago by David
Views:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry explained Sunday that his faith tells him that gay men and lesbians shouldn't be allowed to serve openly in the military.

Following a campaign event in Decorah, Iowa, 14-year-old Rebecka Green, who openly identifies as bisexual, asked the Texas governor why he was "so opposed to gays serving openly in the military."

"Why you want to deny them that freedom when they’re fighting and dying for your right to run for president?" she pointed out.

"Here’s my issue," the candidate replied. "This is about my faith, and I happen to think, you know, there are a whole hosts of sins. Homosexuality being one of them."

"I don’t agree that openly gays should be serving in the military. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was working and my position is just like I told a guy yesterday, he said, ‘How would you feel if one of your children was gay?’ I said I’d feel the same way. I hate the sin, but I love the sinner."

After her encounter with Perry, Green told reporters that she didn't want to be told that she couldn't serve in the military just because she is bisexual.

"Him or nobody should be able to tell somebody who they can or can’t love," she insisted.

Rebecka's father, Todd Green, said that they had decided to come to the event after seeing a recent Perry ad that accused President Barack Obama of waging a "war on religion" because gays can serve openly while "our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school."

"He seemed to get that backward," the girl's father declared. "Christians are not being persecuted in the United States of America. They’ve been in a position of dominance and power and privilege throughout the history of the United States of America. LGBT persons have not."

We Need Your Help Now More Than Ever

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook and social media are drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or subscribe for an ad-free experience.

More C&L Coverage

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team