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Ken Blackwell: “Homosexuality Is A Compulsion”

Jim Burroway

January 12th, 2009

That’s what the former Ohio Secretary of State told Michelangelo Signorile during an interview at last September’s Republican National Convention:

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: 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.

Blackwell is now in the running to become the Republican Party’s chairman with the blessing of fellow ardent anti-gay conservatives, including Focus On the Family’s James Dobson and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins. Ohio’s GOP all but collapsed in 2006 with Blackwell as the standard-bearer. He’s been largely absent from Ohio politics since then. They say “As goes Ohio, so goes the nation.” Republicans may discover that this saying applies to their party as well.

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elaygee
January 12th, 2009 | LINK

If being Gay is a compulsion then so is being Black. I’d like to see him try to “pray the Black away”.

Ben in Oakland
January 12th, 2009 | LINK

“They say “As goes Ohio, so goes the nation.” Republicans may discover that this saying applies to their party as well.”

one can only hope that they will continue to give into their compulsions to gay bash, and that they wil eventually move to the fringes of polite society, where they so truly belong.

gar
January 12th, 2009 | LINK

I think the Tories in the UK have learned that unabashed gay bashing got them no where; if this is the case, then it will only strengthen what will likely be a landslide for them in the next General Election. The Republicans, not so much. . .

Regan DuCasse
January 12th, 2009 | LINK

I get more than offended at how straight guys like this pontificate on the nature of homosexuality.
As if it’s heterosexuals ALONE who can assume, judge, define and explain it.

Leaving of course, gay people out of the discussion AND equation to actually make a FAIR comparison.

It bears ridiculing that all manner of NEGATIVE and offensive comparisons and analogies are made, except the obvious one.

That homosexuality and heterosexuality have the most similar values and inherency.

I feel, sometimes, like the only one who bothered to go to the best school there is on the subject: experience and from the best teachers. People who are gay.

What’s remarkable is it doesn’t take any courage and opportunity is EVERWHERE to really know.

It takes some exceptional cowardice to be THAT afraid to learn what I have learned. And AVOID learning it.

God gave us curiosity too. Quite a gift. How can such a gift be SO repressed in this crowd?

Rick
January 12th, 2009 | LINK

I am compelled to respond by saying I believe this man is full of codswallop.

Gary
January 12th, 2009 | LINK

Thirty years ago mental health doctors declared that gay men and women did not suffer from any mental disease or disorder as the basis of their gayness. Blackwell now asserts the contrary. I suppose he holds other archaic notions such as the earth is flat.

Jon
January 19th, 2009 | LINK

What? Is he serious? The sad part here is that people really don’t choose to be gay, but people DO choose to be republican.

Sexuality is not reserved for the enjoyment of straight men, which seems to be what these archaic beliefs imply. I very much dislike that this nation strokes the ego of the straight male so often, and suppresses all others. Are straight men the only group that should be allowed to have self-esteem? The only group that deserves respect? Are the rest of us all second class citizens?

Maybe we should ask Mr. Blackwell to suppress his so called heterosexuality. Come on Mr. Blackwell, you can conform and be gay! So what if you don’t enjoy sex with other men or have any desire to engage in it. You can learn how to like it!! How ridiculous is that? ITS THE SAME THING!!

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