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Perry says 'stepped right in it' with gay remarks

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo Texas Gov. Rick Perry gives the keynote speech at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, Calif. California Gov. The Republican has made convincing top employers elsewhere to move to Texas a centerpiece of his administration. California has been a prime target, with Perry bashing what he calls the Golden Stateís high-tax, over-regulated ways. But a New York Times Magazine story released Tuesday says Perry told the reporter ìhe loves Californiaî and ìmight even moveî there in January, when his term ends. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo Texas Gov. Rick Perry gives the keynote speech at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, Calif. California Gov. The Republican has made convincing top employers elsewhere to move to Texas a centerpiece of his administration. California has been a prime target, with Perry bashing what he calls the Golden Stateís high-tax, over-regulated ways. But a New York Times Magazine story released Tuesday says Perry told the reporter ìhe loves Californiaî and ìmight even moveî there in January, when his term ends. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

WASHINGTON – Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it was a mistake for him to compare alcoholism and homosexuality in an effort to explain his views.

Perry said Thursday at a forum hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that he "stepped right in it" after being asked during a trip to California last week if homosexuality is a disorder.

Perry said at the time that if he had the "genetic coding" to be an alcoholic, he still has the choice not to drink. He told the Commonwealth Club of California that he looks "at the homosexual issue as the same way."

The governor, a potential Republican candidate for president, explained Thursday that tolerance should be extended to all groups.

He says he should have kept focused on the importance of creating jobs.

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