Earlier this week, former Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty expressed his admiration for Lady Gaga "even though she’s a little unusual." The anti-gay Republican presidential candidate admitted that he enjoys her LGBT anthem "Born This Way" but claims that scientists are "in dispute" over a genetic cause of homosexuality.
From the transcript:
GREGORY: Is being gay a choice?
PAWLENTY: The science in that regard is in dispute. I mean, the scientists work on that and try to figure out if it's behavioral...
GREGORY: What do you think?
PAWLENTY: Well, I defer to the scientists in that regard.
GREGORY: So you, you think it's not a choice. That you are, as Lady Gaga says, you're born that way.
PAWLENTY: There's no scientific conclusion that it's genetic. We don't know that.
There is actually very little "dispute" among health and medical professionals. "All major medical professional organizations agree that sexual orientation is not a choice and cannot be changed, from gay to straight or otherwise," reports Think Progress.
Pawlenty has promised to reinstate 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' if elected president. Pawlenty also vetoed a bill that would have allowed same sex partners the right to make burial decisions
Perhaps Pawlenty believes that promoting his anti-gay credentials will help him in the socially conservative Iowa Republican Straw Poll. Pawlenty has been polling poorly in Iowa and experts believe a poor showing on August 13 could "doom" his presidential campaign.