Texas Gov. Rick Perry told CNBC on Monday that he doesn't "necessarily condone" what he referred to as the gay "lifestyle," nor does he "condemn it either."
Perry was responding to questions about comments he made last Wednesday in California, comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.
Earlier this month, the Texas Republican Party adopted at its convention a policy endorsing "reparative therapy" for gays and lesbians who seek to change sexual orientation through counseling.
Asked if he believes in that, Perry said in a "Squawk Box" interview: "I don't know. We'll leave that to the psychologists and the doctors."
The American Psychological Association has dismissed the idea that sexual orientation is a mental disorder, and has told its mental health professionals to avoid telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation.
The Republican governor, who's seen as possibly making another run at the GOP presidential nomination, said he wants to focus on states being able to make their own rules on single-sex marriage and other matters. "The idea that one size fits all coming out of Washington, D.C., is not going to work."
Texas has rejected the idea of gay marriage, and Perry said he respects that decision. But he added that he respects "what they want to do in California or New York" as well.