Republican presidential hopeful (and according to the most recent polls, frontrunner) Herman Cain shared his archaic beliefs about homosexuality on the View this week. He said that, as President, he would bring back Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and that he believes being gay is a choice.
Co-host Joy Behar quickly responded by saying “to think that gay is a choice, I don’t know how to respond to that. I mean, I don’t think anybody in this world wants to be gay considering all the vilification that is brought upon someone who is gay. Why would you choose that?”
Cain responded by saying “Well, you show me the science that says that it’s not and I could be persuaded, right now It’s my opinion against the opinions of others who feel differently. That’s just a difference of opinion.”
The Log Cabin Republicans have responded to Cain’s comments today:
“If Herman Cain truly wants to see the science proving that sexual orientation is not a choice, Log Cabin Republicans would be happy to show it to him,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper. “The claim that a person chooses to be gay or lesbian has been discredited by every major professional medical organization, starting with the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. An individual’s orientation is no more a choice than the color of his skin or whether he is left-handed, and too many people have been hurt because of failed attempts to change the way they were born.”