CONCORD, N.H. — Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday, told a conservative advocacy group he applauds the GOP legislators in the state for their efforts to to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law.
Speaking before an enthusiastic crowd at the Cornerstone Action’s annual banquet, Perry said, “As conservatives we believe in the sanctity of life. We believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage and I applaud those legislators in New Hampshire who are working to defend marriage as an institution between one man and one woman, realizing that children need to be raised in a loving home by a mother and a father.”
In June 2009, New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. Earlier this week, LGBTQ Nation reported that the state’s GOP lawmakers on Tuesday moved another step closer to repealing the state’s 15-month-old same-sex marriage law.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 11-6 to recommend eliminating gay marriage rights for same-sex couples, and to instead establish civil unions for any unmarried adults competent to enter into a contract, including relatives.
In his speech, the Texas governor also praised Republican led efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
“Unfortunately this current administration has since provided one million dollars in federal grant money to Planned Parenthood in direct conflict with this state’s policies. And the bottom-line is this: If you want to stop Washington’s many violations of the 10th Amendment … then we must make President Obama a one-term president,” Perry said.
This past June, New Hampshire’s Executive Council voted 3-2 to end the the state’s $1.8 million contract with Planned Parenthood. The Obama administration restored the funding in September.