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President Obama Fist Bumps Gay Comedian in Texas

By night, Daniel Rugg Webb is an aspiring comedian based out of Austin, Texas. By day, he’s a cashier at Franklin Barbecue: the same Franklin Barbecue President Obama dropped by last Thursday as a part of his brief tour through Texas.

"If Rick Perry would've walked in, I would have lost my job. Webb told the Austin Chronicle. “I would've taken that old queen to town."

Fist_obamaInstead, Webb met face to face with the President, and, ever the performer, still managed to find a choice set of words, as he recounted to Buzzfeed:

“Equal rights for gay people!” he exclaimed.

Obama reacted without missing a beat. “Are you gay?”

Taken aback by the directness of the question, he said, Webb responded, “Only when I’m having sex!”

The president laughed, then, realizing there was a group of children near the two, said, “Not in front of the kids!”

Webb, more than mere taking the opportunity to banter with the Commander-in-Chief, saw the exchange as a chance to take a pointed stand against current governor Rick Perry.

“We are an anti-gay state. We are a state with a whole bunch of hungry children and sick old people, and [Rick Perry is] grandstanding on things that will get him a better election,” Webb explained. “I would like to see Rick Perry negatively influenced by any kind of attention. Even Obama laughing at something as, hopefully, acceptable as sexuality can show the difference.”

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Rick Perry Says He 'Stepped Right In It' with His Remarks on Homosexuality and Alcoholism: VIDEO

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Rick Perry, speaking at a Christian Science Monitor luncheon, told the crowd that he "stepped right in it" when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism in a recent interview.

Said Perry:

"When you get distracted, I'm thinking San Francisco. I got asked about issues and instead of saying 'you know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country to everybody,' and get back to talking about, whether you're gay or straight, you need to be having a job, and those are the focuses that I want to be involved with. I readily admit, I stepped right in it...If you're really going to be the party that's going to talk to everybody, and say 'listen, you may not agree with all of my positions but getting you and your family and your loved ones the opportunity to live a better life because we've created a climate in this country where you're going to have a job and a good job and a good-paying job, if we'll do that then I think we'll be successful...We are an incredibly diverse mosaic of a country."

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Perry made the comments a week ago in a speech to the Commonwealth Club of California. He has been hammered about them since from everyone from NJ Governor Chris Christie to CNBC's Joe Kernan, to Stephanie Cutter last night on Crossfire.

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Rick Perry Won't Explain Why He Stands Behind Texas GOP's Gay Reparative Therapy Platform: VIDEO

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Rick Perry continues to be blasted for his remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism and the Texas GOP's platform, which supports gay reparative therapy.

Stephanie Cutter repeatedly asked him to explain himself last night on Crossfire. Perry said he would leave that to the psychiatrists and doctors.

Cutter: "Who have rejected it. They've rejected it....So you have no opinion on any of this then? You have no opinion on either side. (laughs)."

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CNBC Host Rips Rick Perry, Says His Remarks on Gays Are Offensive: VIDEO

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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.

Said Kernan:

"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.”

Perry adds:

"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."

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Monday Speed Read: Darrin Gayles, Barbara Crabb, Wisconsin, AMA, Rick Perry, Chris Christie

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

TEST VOTE TODAY ON NOMINATION: Gayles

The U.S. Senate will hold a vote today on whether to proceed with consideration of Darrin Gayles, President Obama’s nominee to a U.S. district court seat in Miami. If the Senate votes to proceed, then it will vote Tuesday morning on whether to confirm. If confirmed, Gayles will be the first African American openly gay man named to the federal bench.

WISCONSIN RULING STAYED: Crabb

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb issued an order Friday, saying she “cannot ignore” the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay a challenge to a same-sex marriage ban in Utah, and so she must grant a stay of her own decision in a similar case in Wisconsin. In the 13-page order, Crabb also set out the specifics of what her ruling requires, if and when it does go into effect: that Wisconsin county clerks cannot deny a marriage license to a couple because both applicants are the same sex. But she denied plaintiff couples’ request to stipulate that, on the birth certificates of children born to married same-sex couples, the names of both parents be listed. Crabb said that issue would have to be resolved in “another forum.”

Wisconsin555 COUPLES ALREADY MARRIED:

The Associated Press reported that, as of last Thursday, 555 same-sex couples had gotten married in Wisconsin, following federal Judge Barbara Crabb’s June 6 ruling that the state ban on same-sex couples marrying is unconstitutional.

AMA SUPPORTS BIRTH CERTIFICATE POLICY:

AmaThe American Medical Association announced this month that the annual meeting of its House of Delegates adopted a policy opposing the requirement that a person certify he or she has undergone surgical gender reassignment in order to obtain “clinically appropriate” birth certificates. The policy approved June 9 supports allowing for a change in sex designation “based upon verification by a physician that the individual has undergone gender transition according to applicable medical standards of care.” Currently, only California, Vermont, and Washington state allow corrections to birth certificates without certification of surgery. The final resolution has not yet been posted by the AMA but its initial report can be read here.

Rick_perryGOVERNOR PERRY ON BEING BORN THIS WAY:

At a public affairs forum in San Francisco last Wednesday night, Texas Governor Rick Perry was asked a question from an audience member who wanted to know, “Do you think homosexuals can be cured by prayer or counseling?” Perry looked genuinely stumped, saying, “I don’t know. I don’t. I’m not a psychiatrist or doctor….” “Is it a disorder?” asked the forum moderator. “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” said Perry. “…I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."

ChristieCHRISTIE DISAGREES WITH PERRY’S ANALOGY:

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie was in San Francisco two days after Texas Governor Rick Perry compared being gay to alcoholism and reporters asked whether he agreed with Perry’s remarks. “I will just say that I disagree them,” said Christie, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “and I don’t believe that is an apt analogy and not one that should be made –because I think it is wrong. But you know, every governor or official needs to speak for themselves on these issues. I just spoke for myself.” Christie was in town campaigning on behalf of California’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.

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Chris Christie Reacts to Rick Perry's Comparison of Homosexuality to Alcoholism: VIDEO

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In San Francisco on Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was asked about Texas Governor Rick Perry's recent remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism and whether the GOP and the Republican Governors Association should disavow Perry's comments.

Said Christie, who leads the RGA: "I disagree with them. I don't believe that's an apt analogy and not one that should be made because I think it's wrong. Every governor and public official needs to speak for themselves on these issues. I just spoke for myself."

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