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TX Gov. Rick Perry supports gay marriage — in the 10th Amendment kind of way

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry delivered a speech Friday that is sure to be praised by Tea Party activists while at the same time derided by social conservative groups.

Rick Perry

Speaking to a group of Republican donors at the Aspen Institute in Colorado, Perry expressed his lack of opposition to the marriage equality bill passed in New York last month.

Though he still styles himself a staunch social conservative, Perry says that he recognizes the role and importance of the 10th Amendment in American politics.

“Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me…If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”

This position sets Governor Perry apart from most of the other Republican candidates, who, during a debate in New Hampshire last month, expressed support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning gay marriage.

Most notable (and derided) were the comments of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn); for though she supports New York’s decision to legalize gay marriage, and would not interfere in the states’ ability to make decisions like these, she would support an amendment which would overturn state marriage laws.

Other Republican candidates have differing views on the issue.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), though personally believing that marriage is between one-man and one-woman, feels that the government should get out of the marriage business altogether. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson both believe in civil unions, and would not back a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Perry is already drawing reactions from the social conservative wing of the Republican Party, with Christian Broadcasting Network’s Chief Political Correspondent David Brody, writing on his blog:

“I’m sure the majority of conservative evangelicals are big believers in the 10th amendment but the fundamental question seems to be this: When does a federal constitutional amendment trump the 10th amendment? What issue qualifies? Isn’t marriage one of those issues? Perry is basically saying anything goes for each state. His take seems to be if you don’t like gay marriage, don’t move to New York. We have amendments to our constitution abolishing slavery, giving women the right to vote, etc. Wouldn’t protecting traditional marriage qualify?”

Rick Santorum also took a swipe at the Governor of Texas, tweeting late Friday night,

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Wow!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:02am
  2. I’m listening…

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:07am
  3. Texas?

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:07am
  4. Don’t be fooled people…DONT be fooled…

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:08am
  5. It is all political nothing more. He is the proud sponsor of the constitutional amendment in Texas making marriage between a man and woman

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:42am
  6. He’s a twat!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:43am
  7. Well damn now I can say I don’t totally hate my governor…. way to go perry. If you don’t like it don’t do it! Simple if your not gay why do you have a problem with us marrying who we want just like a 70 year old man can marry a 23 year old blond its not my place to say they can’t although I may not agree with it its their lives not yours so don’t deal with it. Simple.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:57am
  8. It’s been rumored in TX for years that he ‘swings both ways’

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:05am
  9. Hmmm…

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:39am
  10. i hate this man on so many levels! it just hurts!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 3:30pm
  11. I don’t buy it for one minute. He’ll change his tune to rally the base (and I do mean base) when the time comes. But, I honestly hope I am proven wrong. I rag on Gov. Goodhair all the time. It would be nice if he actually did the right thing for once (even if kind of thru the back door… uh, so to speak!).

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 6:09pm
  12. “We have amendments to our constitution abolishing slavery, giving women the right to vote, etc. Wouldn’t protecting traditional marriage qualify?”

    What an asinine comment! The amendments referenced have INCREASED FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY, but ‘protecting traditional marriage’ decreases freedom and democracy. What a moron.

    Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 8:47am
  13. Well, I’m not getting my hopes up that he will legalize it eventually, but what he said gains him TONS of brownie points in my book. Perry, I don’t think that you are a total prick now.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 11:55pm