“I think that basically you have a choice.”

That’s right folks, Ken Buck, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Colorado, thinks that being gay is a choice. Kind of like being an alcoholic:

GREGORY: In a debate last month, you expressed your support for don’t ask, don’t tell, which we talked about with Mr. Gibbs. And you alluded to lifestyle choices. Do you believe that being gay is a choice?

BUCK: I do.

GREGORY: Based on what?

BUCK: Based on what?

GREGORY: Yeah, do you believe that?

BUCK: Well, I guess you can choose who your partner is.

GREGORY: You don’t think it’s something that’s determined at birth?

BUCK: I think that birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you have a choice.

Mind you, this is the same interview in which Buck also said that the reason he chose not to prosecute a rape case was that he was afraid the jury would think the victim simply had “buyer’s remorse.”  Yeah, he said that.

People, this election is not simply a choice between two differing poltical philosophies; it is a choice between progress and the Dark Ages.