Texas Gov. Rick Perry was challenged point blank in Iowa over the weekend by a bisexual teen who asked him to explain his opposition to gays serving openly in the military.
Rebecka Green, a 14-year-old who is openly bisexual according to National Journal, approached Perry while he was shaking hands and asked the presidential candidate, "I just want to know why you're so opposed to gays serving openly in the military and why you want to deny them their freedom when they're fighting for your rights."
Perry, who recently made the matter somewhat of a prominent campaign talking point when he released a now infamous ad taking aim at the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and other social issues, responded:
"This is about my faith, and I happen to think that there are a whole host of sins, homosexuality being one of them. And I'm a sinner, and so I'm not gonna be the person to throw a stone."
He continued, bringing up another question that had been posed to him earlier on the camaign trail:
"Just like I told the 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.'"
After the exchange, Green spoke with reporters to describe her disagreement.
"I'm openly bisexual and I didn't want to be told that if I wanted to serve in the military that I couldn't, and I just think [the 'don't ask, don't tell'] policy is completely ridiculous," Green said, according to National Journal. "Nobody should be able to tell somebody who they can or cannot love."
Perry's controversial ad has provided fodder to activists who disagree with his and other GOP presidential candidates' views on gay rights. Earlier this month, Perry was targeted by hecklers in Iowa who berated him for supposedly "demonizing gay and lesbian people" with the release of his much-discussed "Strong" ad.
(Video above via National Journal)
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