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Monday, June 16, 2014

Anti-gay Governor challenged by conservative business show host

VIDEO: Conservative TV business channel host Joe Kernen on CNBC's Squawk Box challenged the Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry on why he supports the anti-gay policies of the Republican Party -- aired live on June 16, 2014 at 5:30AM Pacific Time, 8:30AM on Wall Street -- to see the video and to read a text transcript, see Alexandra Bolles, "VIDEO: CNBC educates Gov. Rick Perry on the fact that gay people cannot be 'changed'," posted Jun. 16, 2014. I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up this morning, June 16, 2014 at 5:30AM Pacific Time (8:30AM on Wall Street) to hear the predictably conservative, pro-business, pro-Republican, and pro-Tea Party anchor Joe Kernen on CNBC's Squawk Box challenging the Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry on why he is supporting the anti-gay policies of the Republican Party that are dividing people out of the Party, such as with Perry's anti-gay marriage views and his belief in ex-gays -- the idea that gay people can choose to be straight. Rightwing host Joe kernen directly asked Gov. Perry why he thought heterosexuals could become homosexuals and why he thought gays could become ex-gay or choose to be straight when the major psychological groups agree that such therapy is unethical. Governor Perry answered by only repeating his mantra on the 10th Amendment saying that the states should decide gay marriage instead of a central government. Gov. Perry boasted that 70 percent of Texans and voters in many more "Red States" wanted to recognize only marriages between one man and one woman. When the CNBC host asked if Texas would respect the marriages performed in other states, Perry only said that he neither condoned nor condemned the decisions made by other states, but did not say if Texas would legally recognize these marriages, which Texas law currently forbids. The reason I was so pleasantly surprised to see this interview is because Joe Kernen and his cohost and Tea Party cheerleader Rick Santelli are so rightwing and into the "everyman for himself" type of Republicanism that both of them have become hard for me to listen to, but I have forced myself to watch the start of their show every day only because I want to hear what Wall Street is saying before the market opens each day.