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'Change' Ken Blackwell can believe in

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef010536B311A1970C-PiA week ago we told you about Ken Blackwell, strong candidate for Republican National Committee chairman, and the support he is receiving from uber-anti-gay conservatives like Tony Perkins, James Dobson, and Phyllis Schlafly. Now in an unearthed interview, longtim activist and current Sirius/XM radio host Michelangelo Signorile shows us the sort of views that have made Blackwell the latest conserva-darling. Here's a snippet:

Ken Blackwell: I believe that our sexuality is, that we have two orientations: you're female or you're male. A union between a male and a female produces babies. I thought that is was a mistake to start to equate the union between one man and one woman with a marriage between two men and between two women.

Michelangelo Signorile: I realize that that was on the issue of marriage, but you compared homosexuality to kleptomania--

KB: No, if you go back and you look, at what, no, at what I said--

MS: Well, here's what you said, "Homosexuality is a lifestyle. It's a choice. And that lifestyle can be changed. It's a transgression against God's law." And you compared it to arsonists and kleptomaniacs, that those things were criminal activities...a compulsion, right?

KB: No. What I said is that, in that regard, you can choose, people choose to be who they are, as they choose to break civil law and God's law...I think you can choose not to be homosexual...

MS: Did you choose to be heterosexual? Did you wake up one day and say I want to be heterosexual?

KB: The answer is that I've never had to make the choice because I've never had the urge to be other than a heterosexual, but if in fact I had the urge to be something else I could have in fact suppressed that urge.
MS: But you realize people were insulted when you compared [homosexuality] to arson and kleptomania. I would like you to explain that because, how does that get into this whole "choice" issue? I mean, kleptomania is a compulsion.

KB: Well, the fact is, you can choose to restrain that compulsion. And so I think in fact you don't have to give in to the compulsion to be homosexual. I think that's been proven in case after case after case...
KB:Where you and I disagree is that I do not think homosexuality manifested in behavior is a behavior that should in fact make us change the laws of this land.

MS: But many laws have been changed already. The Supreme Court says that homosexual behavior is not illegal. Arson is a crime. If somebody burns your house down, that's hurting you, hurting other people. The Supreme Court has said if it's in your bedroom it's not hurting anybody else.

KB: If in fact you would feel better for me to say to you that, one, I believe homosexuality is a compulsion that can be contained, repressed or changed, and that makes you feel better, then that is what I'm saying in the clearest of terms.

: RNC Chair Candidate: "Homosexuality is a compulsion that can be contained, repressed or changed." [Signorile]

Blackwell's Republican party: A big tent (with a gay conversion clinic in the back). So inclusive he is!

Here's hoping for the sake of political betterment that it'll be the GOP's longstanding queer-hostile reputation that open-minded conservatives will choose to "contain, repress, or change."

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Your thoughts

I have always thought it either amazingly ignorant or just plain stupid that in our YouTube, video, cyber recorded, anything-you-have-said-will-be-around-forever world that the above mentioned Mr. Blackwell or any of the conservatives try to weasle out of something by saying he did not really say what you heard even though you can play back their exact words. It must be all of those years as a ventriliquist, some one else is really doing the talking, but it wasn't me.

Or else their mother never taught them to engage brain before engaging mouth

Posted by: Bob Miller | Jan 12, 2009 4:38:59 PM

Suppress the urge? I might have better luck suppressing the urge to breathe. At least, the pain would be over quicker.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 12, 2009 5:34:40 PM

I want Blackwell to know there is hope for him as well.


Posted by: TikiHead | Jan 13, 2009 12:43:50 PM

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