CNBC Squawk Box host Joe Kernan ripped Texas Governor Rick Perry for his remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism in a segment that aired Monday morning.
"In terms of comparing it to alcoholism, that's what got all the play, and i don't -- I have a really high bar for what I would take offense to, but that would exceed the bar for me on being an offensive comment. I don't think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver or domestic violence or DWIs. I don't see how that's similar."
Perry tried to turn the argument to his feeling that states should have rights to legislate as they please, but Kernan wasn't allowing him to get away:
“But in terms of changing the behavior of someone...you wouldn’t think that someone who’s heterosexual, that you couldn’t change them into a homosexual, or someone who is homosexual, you don’t think that there should be therapy to try to change them into a heterosexual?”
When Perry tries to argue that it's an issue that should be left "to the psychologists and the doctors," Kernan replies:
"The psychologists they've already weighed in. they've dismissed the idea that sexual orientation is a mental disorder and they've told their mental health professionals to avoid telling clients that you can change your sexual orientation..."
Finally, Kernan says:
"It just seems like the Republican Party is going to be forever behind the curve on this issue.”
"I don't necessarily condone that lifestyle. I don't condemn it either. We're all children of God...The fact is that people will decide where they want to live if Washington will respect the 10th amendment and I think that will make America substantially happier and allow people to decide how they want to live and under what rules and regulations."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...