Bill Richardson on Gay Being a Choice

August 10, 2007 at 10:20 am 8 comments

UPDATE: In full damage control mode, Governor Richardson gave an interview to Andrew Belonsky of Queerty.

By most accounts, Governor Bill Richardson did himself no favors be referring to homosexuality as a choice during last night’s LGBT presidential forum. He had multiple chances to correct himself, but seemed unaware that he had even made a mistake. Was he not able to hear the groans from the audience?

Here is the clip from the forum followed by the statement that Richardson’s campaign issues to recover from the damage.

Governor Bill Richardson’s Statement Clarifying Answer From HRC Forum

For Immediate ReleaseAugust 9, 2007 Contact: Pahl Shipley(505) 982-2291LOS ANGELES, CA — New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson issued a statement tonight clarifying an answer to a question during the Human Rights Campaign Presidential Forum in Los Angeles. The question came from panelist Melissa Etheridge, who asked if he believed homosexuality is a choice.”Let me be clear — I do not believe that sexual orientation or gender identity happen by choice,” Governor Richardson said. “But I’m not a scientist, and the point I was trying to make is that no matter how it happens, we are all equal and should be treated that way under the law. That is what I believe, that is what I have spent my career fighting for. I ask that people look at my record and my actions and they will see I have been a true supporter of the LGBT community.”Governor Bill Richardson has an accomplished record fighting for the rights of all Americans.

Since taking office, Governor Richardson has:

1. Expanded anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation. [Senate Bill SB 28, 2003 Legislature]
2. Signed into law the state’s first hate crimes legislation for acts including those based on sexual orientation. [SB 38, 2003 Legislature]
3. Provided state health insurance for domestic partnerships. [Executive Order 03 010]
4. Signed the Billy Griego HIV and AIDS Act, which was designed to ensure that consumers are the focus of the funding and services provided in all the state’s HIV and AIDS cases. [Senate Bill 314, 2005 Legislature]
5. Created the state’s first HIV and AIDS Policy Commission charged with reviewing and making recommendations on state HIV and AIDS policies. The commission also studies and makes recommendations on all factors affecting the availability, quality and accessibility of health services for persons with HIV and AIDS. [Senate Bill 313, 2005 Legislature]
6. Called a Special Session of the NM State Legislature to push for Domestic Partnerships Legislation, among other issues, after it failed by one vote in the Senate during the Regular Session. Governor Richardson has pledged to push for the legislation again during the next Legislative Session.

As President, Bill Richardson will:

* Continue to fight for equal rights for ALL Americans.
* Champion a repeal of the US Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
* Appoint his Vice-President to be the Chair of the HIV/AIDS Commission


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Advocacy, Bill Richardson, Campaigns, Democrats, LGBT, Liberals, Politics, Video, YouTube.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mirth  |  August 10, 2007 at 11:42 am

    This tactic has been used more than once. A candidate says what will appeal to the debate audience, then later issues a clarification to smooth the objections of a smaller audience. It’s having it both ways and it is dishonest…and typical of Richardson in other circumstances.

  • 2. Christopher  |  August 10, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    He’s so over his head running for president.

  • 3. Bloggernista  |  August 10, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    He really does have a good record on LGBT issues, but he messed this up badly.

  • 4. nytexan  |  August 10, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Between this and his lack Spanish skills on Imus, Richardson is done.

    This is one audience that Richardson is going to have a hard time spinning his excuse to. He was given the chance last night to rethink his answer and he came back with an equally as bad answer.

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  • 8. Howard  |  August 21, 2008 at 11:29 am

    If you think Bill Richardson is your friend …
    watch your back, for when you least expect it, this Judas is sure to stab you deep, right between your shoulder blades!!!


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