Ambushing Republican candidates and asking them to explain their crappy positions on gay rights is becoming quite the trend in this election, and Rick Perry is the latest target. After a town hall meeting in Iowa, 14-year-old Rebecka Green approached Perry and said, "I just want to know why you're so opposed to gays serving openly in the military, why you want to deny them that freedom when they're fighting and dying for your right to run for president."
Unlike some other candidates, Perry actually managed to come up with an answer:
Here's my issue. This is about my faith, and I happen to think, you know, there are a whole hosts of sins. Homosexuality being one of them, and I'm a sinner and so I'm not going to be the first one to throw a stone ... I don't agree that openly gays should be serving in the military. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was working and my position is just like I told a guy yesterday, he said, "How would you feel if one of your children was gay?" I said I'd feel the same way. I hate the sin, but I love the sinner, but having them openly serve in the military, I happen to think as a commander-in-chief of some 20,000 plus people in the military is not good public policy, and this president was forced by his base to change that policy and I don't think it was good policy, and I don't think people in the military thought it was good policy.
Later Green told reporters that she's openly bisexual and thinks Perry's position is "completely ridiculous." Apparently she didn't understand Perry's crystal clear explanation of why as a self-professed "sinner," he should be able to make policies that punish others for committing what he believes are sins.