Ken Buck, Colorado Republican senatorial candidate, is the latest in a long line of right wingers who contend that being gay is a "choice." I imagine that if these characters were asked if they "chose" to be straight, they would consider that an absurd question. Yet to call being gay a "choice" allows social conservatives to assign blame for "choosing" a supposedly "immoral lifestyle." Buck, however, goes one step further: speaking to David Gregory on "Meet the Press," he likens being gay to being an alcoholic. Watch:
GREGORY: In a debate last month, you expressed your support for don’t ask, don’t tell, which we talked about with Mr. Gibbs. And you alluded to lifestyle choices. Do you believe that being gay is a choice?
BUCK: I do.
GREGORY: Based on what?
BUCK: Based on what?
GREGORY: Yeah, do you believe that?
BUCK: Well, I guess you can choose who your partner is.
GREGORY: You don’t think it’s something that’s determined at birth?
BUCK: I think that birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you have a choice.