Ken Buck Compares Being Gay to Alcoholism

If nothing else, this election season has proved that there is no limit to the number of times that candidates can publicly embarrass themselves.  Ken Buck, the Republican candidate for Colorado’s Senate seat, is in the news again after the revelation that, as district attorney for Weld County, he told a rape victim that she had “buyer’s remorse.”  This time, during a debate with Democratic opponent Michael Bennet, Buck told Meet the Press host David Gregory that being gay was a lifestyle choice – and that sometimes, as with alcoholism, those poor gay people have something of a genetic predisposition that can ultimately be overcome.

“You can choose who your partner is. I think birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you have a choice,” Buck said.

The really troubling part is that Buck stood by his words a day later, although he tried, somewhat clumsily, to modify his responses in the question-and-answer session after the debate.  “What I’m saying is, is a gay lifestyle a choice? I said I thought there was some element of predisposition and I thought there was some element of choice there. I’m not a biologist, and I haven’t studied the issue, but that’s my feeling on the issue,” he explained – in other words, yes, he thinks being gay is a choice, but he also has a vague inkling that maybe that isn’t a super politically correct thing to say?  Just maybe?

He then went on to clarify that being gay is not a disease, but that it doesn’t really matter, because Colorado voters are not interested in whether being gay is a “choice or whatever.”  As always, his eloquence is breathtaking.

Buck supports the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, yet another strike against his roster of problematic campaign platforms.  Most public surveys show that Buck is leading Bennet by a single digit, so you know what this means, Colorado residents – make sure you get out on election day and vote.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.


Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Angela Burrow: You so made my day!

and monica r. et al: You so rule!

Linda G.
Linda Chabot5 years ago

It only seems to get worse on human behavior. This man has mental issues! Lynn

monica r.
monica r.6 years ago

I am attracted to the opposite sex. I can try as I might, but can't CHOOSE to become attracted to the same sex. So therefore, how can gays or lesbians do so? I guess bisexuals get the best of both worlds, but I can't choose that either. It doesn't work that way. Anyone who thinks it's a choice, try changing your preference.

This man is a bigoted idiot. I'm fairly confident that IS a choice.

And who FOR SURE gets a choice are the voters.

Deborah Litster
Deborah Litster6 years ago

Can you imagine this lovely chap on the senate it sure makes you wonder no wonder the world is in such trouble with bottom feeders like this ass " being taken seriously

Karla Haywood
Karla Haywood6 years ago

Why is it that when it comes to homosexuality, most people are so quick to call it a "disease" or say that gays have some "genetic predisposition" but when it comes to racism or sexism, NO ONE wants to say motherf*cking as to why those idiots are "diseased", have some "genetic predisposition", or even suggest that "those" people be sent to a therapist so they can be "shocked" out of being a racist or sexist. Although I am not a lesbian, I do feel, however, that if people are going to exploit and intimidate GLBTs, why do the same to those who do not like people b/c of their race or gender? That sounds like a fair deal to me.

Madelaine Hanson
Pete Smith6 years ago

People like this are as backward as it gets. Homophobia is cruel and deeply unfair- Is it a crime to love someone? No, it really isn't. We , as a society, must strive for peace and hope. Doesn't religon teach us to love each other? Does loving someone the same gender as you make you any less human, or your love any less? You don't choose who you love. It is time people stop this ignorance and hate to innocent people. Look- have we, more or less, conquered wide-spread racism? Yes. Have we not fought, relentlessly, to wipe out sexism? Yes. Now it is time for us to open our eyes and see homosexuals as we would anyone else- normal people, no matter who they love.

Angela Burrow
Angela Burrow6 years ago

It's about times idiots like Buck kept their hate-filled ideas to themselves. Comparing gays to alcoholics is like comparing Republicans to decent human beings.

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

Please VOTE, even if you are disappointed in the Democrats; and please vote for DEMS; however disappointing they are, a bunch of TEA-PARTY REPUGLICANS in the House and Senate would be FAR, FAR WORSE, even! As someone else said somewhere, just hold your nose if you hafta and vote DEM. Tea-partiers in power means George W. Bush back in power -- but even STUPIDER than Bush, if you can imagine! {Shudder! I don't WANT to imagine!} Get all your friends to vote, too!
Let's have a "Dewey wins over Truman wins over Dewey" moment: {those of you old enuf, or conversant with US history, will know what I mean!}. The "pundits" are predicting the Repukes will get some seats -- cuz they WANT that to happen! Let's show them they're SO, SO WRONG!!!

John Coles
Past Member 6 years ago

I heard a lot of Republicans like to have a few drinks with their favorite lobbyist after a long day processing pork. Could this equate to being closet gays due to their close association of drinking. What a concept!

Christine H.
Christine Heynen6 years ago

When are these inbred, rednecked jackasses going to learn that Gayness is NOT a lifestyle choice? Someone needs to tattoo "STUPID" into his forehead!!! If I lived in his state, I wouldn't vote for him.