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Texas Gov. Rick Perry rallies opponents of same-sex marriage at state capitol

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry rallied opponents of gay marriage and abortion on Tuesday, calling for support for what he called traditional values on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court heard a challenge to California’s ban on gay marriage.

About 200 social conservatives gathered at noon on the Texas Capitol’s south steps to show their support for more laws based on Christian beliefs. The event was organized by a group called Texas Values, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and other Republican leaders also spoke to the demonstrators before they fanned out to lobby lawmakers.

Rick Perry

The group says it wants to limit no-fault divorce, discourage premarital sex, promote abstinence education and protect the state’s Christian heritage.

Perry prides himself on his social conservatism.

“This is a very unsettling time in our nation’s history,” the state’s longest-serving governor said. “These are the days when a person is vilified when they state that they believe fundamentally that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Perry was the driving force behind a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Texas. He also signed a law to protect religious expression in schools and supports legislation that would make abortions more difficult to obtain in the state.

He has been critical of federal judges overruling state laws. The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether a federal appeals court was correct in throwing out a voter-supported California law banning gay marriage after the state briefly allowed it.

Perry said the Court was “deciding if it is OK to trump the votes of our citizens and state capitols to again judiciously legislate morality.”

“The underlying problem is that there is this very vocal, very litigious minority of Americans willing to legally attack anybody who dares utter a phrase or even a name that they don’t agree with,” Perry said. “In a twisting of logic, they insist on silencing the religious in the cause of tolerance. Now I ask you, where is the tolerance in that?”

Religious politicians should be allowed to rely on their faith when determining the country’s laws, he added.

Perry ran for president in 2012 and has said he will decide later this year whether to run again in 2016. He also has promised to announce in June whether he will run for governor again in 2014 for an unprecedented fourth full term.

Other Republican politicians who addressed the rally touted tighter restrictions on abortions and sex education. The Legislature is considering requirements for abortion clinics that could cause most to shut down and banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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  1. T_T I hate my mayor.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:50pm
  2. I didn’t vote for this man.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:50pm
  3. ah he won’t be govenor for long

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:51pm
  4. more like…*Dumbass hick rallies more dumbass hicks*

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:51pm
  5. In Texas government, there are only two things, steers and queers. Since I don’t see any horns on Gov. Rick Perry; that must mean he’s queer.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:52pm
  6. He’s a pig

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:52pm
  7. If it existed that man would be going straight to hell. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 hundred dollars. Roasty toasty, mother fucker.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:52pm
  8. Cannot wait for him to be gone… It’s time for Texas to turn blue!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:52pm
  9. every time I see him, all I can think about is that infamous record setting “thumbs down” catastrophe of an ad he posted. that was great

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:52pm
  10. this man just needs to tuck tail and decide to move to some other country that has nothing to do with the USA and make a home there ……

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:53pm
  11. what a dated dunce!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:53pm
  12. tool.bag.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:53pm
  13. What could be better for pro-equality morale than knowing that one of the most famous morons in America is on the other side? Having Perry rally your opponents is like having a cartoon character, like L’il Abner or Scooby-Doo, rally them. Though of course Scooby would be on the pro-equality side.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:54pm
  14. When wil the Republican party realize that they are losing respect by not wanting to budge on gay people and women?

    Is it worth losing generations of people because you won’t tolerate gay people?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:54pm
  15. what a douche

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:55pm
  16. What is it about conservatives and sex? They say they only want heterosexual, married couples who are trying to reproduce to do it… But then think an awful lot about what two men or two women decide to do in the privacy of their home.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:55pm
  17. What a phucking piece of shite! Perhaps we’ll just allow marriage only between a man and his Bushmaster AR-15!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:55pm
  18. I love his red tie haha

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:56pm
  19. Fuck him

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:56pm
  20. I would never coonsider Texas as a place that I’d want to live, as an LGBT, I’d have no rights there-except in AUSTIN city limits, perhaps!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:57pm
  21. God why can’t we just take out republicans? Make this country easier to tolerate? I mean hell lets go back to no interracial marriage because that was once believed wrong. Women not allowed any say so cause that’s what was stated in the bible that women are submissive. And we say that this is all his fault cause he wants the bible involved.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:58pm
  22. It’s funny how Austin is so Liberal in so many aspects but it houses some closed minded politicians as well. There are probably more marriage equality supporters in Austin than “traditional marriage” supporters. He’s got to go.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:58pm
  23. i hate him. i didnt vote for him and he’s an iddiot….

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:59pm
  24. And now we wonder why the republicans lost the presidential elections TWICE !!! Lol.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:59pm
  25. @Martin Cole They don’t like being told what to do, but when Jesus/God is involved they bring the hammer down.

    I agree w

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:59pm
  26. The Republicans are “freedom” oriented unless we question religion, military action, and giving bailouts to big companies.

    Very hypocritical. Just as bad if not worse than the Liberals they claim to be against.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:01pm
  27. How does he keep getting elected? Running for a 4th unprecendented term as governor?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:02pm
  28. its amazing he could remember all of the points in his speech

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:03pm
  29. Oh suk a dik Rick and love it

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:03pm
  30. asshole, that about sez it all.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:04pm
  31. 200 people! LOL What a loser.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:04pm
  32. what a dumbass, I’m highly convinced that all homophobes are deep in the closet.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:06pm
  33. I think some of the Republicans have urges they are afraid of.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:06pm
  34. Oh fuck this antiquated fucktard

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:07pm
  35. Its amazing he’s still alive at all

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:08pm
  36. Get over it. Love will be the law of the land in this country sooner or later. Whether you oppose it or not, it will happen. So shut the fuck up and stop pretending like your stupid-ass views matter in the grand scheme of things because guess what? THEY DON’T! Accept love and mind your own goddamn businesses! If people want the same HUMAN RIGHTS as other HUMANS, then they deserve them. Humans are humans, after all. No matter race, creed, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, background, wealth or lackthereof, or whatever else! Let LOVE be!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:08pm
  37. its you straight closeted people causing the problems with marriage not the out people. plus you seem to have no problem with getting married multiple times and ignoring the children from the earlier marriages. two loving people can give children a fantastic loving home, they dont need both a father and a mother just loving parents to be there for them. and as far as womens issues who the hell do you think you are telling a woman what she can and cannot do with her body…get over yourself , pal. come down off your pedestal.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:10pm
  38. Clay, It’s more like having Uncle Goober rally them. Why are Republicans so anti-LGBT when they keep getting caught having so much gay sex? Remember Senator Wide Stance (Larry Craig [R-Idaho])!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:11pm
  39. Don’t like Gay marriage? Don’t get one…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:17pm
  40. I love living in Texas but I want my rights as a human being.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:17pm
  41. These so called God fearing men that don’t want Gay marriage are cool with their buddies hanging out in titty bars. And let’s not forget the Sunday afternoon trips to the bar after church. And let’s talk about BINGO? Where does that money go? I HATE HATEFUL CONSERVATIVES.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:18pm
  42. I think A LOT of them do Thomas…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:18pm
  43. That’s so gay.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:26pm
  44. I completely agree with your sentiment. And then I laugh, really hard because, well… in the real grand scheme of things NONE of our opinions matter. About anything. Ever.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:27pm
  45. Why would ANY LGBT or ally vote for a Republican, ever?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:27pm
  46. I’ve got to tell you that you’re so wrong. I’m a Texan, and while I’m pretty rough around the edges, I don’t know any homophobic people. Most people in Texas care more about how well you get along in life than who you get along in life with.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:28pm
  47. Dude, I understand your sentiment and your frustration, but really? You’re advocating the annihilation of an entire subset of people because you don’t like them. ‘S kinda, I dunno… not Liberal of you, isn’t it? I mean, look… you’re supposed to hate the viewpoint, and love the person holding it. You can’t possibly show someone how to be tolerant by advocating for their death.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:31pm
  48. He probably thinks the missionary position is the only position that should be legal…..what a loser…..thank God he didn’t become President of the United States if this is the intellectual set of the republican party

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:37pm
  49. Go for it Perry! Alienate yourself from reality even further!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:37pm
  50. He just needs to come out of the Closet!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:38pm
  51. ugh. very much dislike Rick Perry. at least the Houston mayor is an out lesbian. but really our state sucks. especially in the criminal justice system(y’all won’t even wanna go there)

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:39pm
  52. preach it!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:41pm
  53. Another fanatic idiot making a fool of himself. Go home to your religion.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:41pm
  54. Your Losing All an I do Mean ALL RESPECT By Your Actions…An Your Actions are Speaking Louder then what U do in Office

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:45pm
  55. BUT…the state capitol is Austin…?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:46pm
  56. It is actually. America needs to return to a thriving middle class, a fair tax on the 1 percent, and to keep working on our infrastructure. We would be better off without so called conservatives. You can support businesses without being a give it all to the 1 percent moron…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:48pm
  57. Hey people, this is all in the republican party platform…the idiots NEED TO GO.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:49pm
  58. I do agree with treating other people well, but believing that the rich should take care of everyone else, and people deserve a certain standard of living without earning it is entitlement.

    Also believing we have the right to limit the amount of money someone can make is wrong too.

    People building businesses and hiring intelligent people is what creates a strong middle class. I also consider the 1% figure to be misleading- people lose and gain fortunes all the time.

    The government does not create jobs- entrepreneurs do. If you want a thriving middle class support people who treat others well and create amazing things.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:54pm
  59. and THIS……is why I’m glad you are not president hahaha

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:15am
  60. Pure evil.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:18am
  61. I love how these politicians are all for theocracy…when they’re theo. So long as their particular God gets the power and they get to effect policy based on this God’s “will,” they’ll keep claiming, like Perry, that people should rely on faith to determine law.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:27am
  62. Not known for his IQ…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:41am
  63. He continues to make a bigger fool out of himself nationwide along with those who voted for him (I didn’t). Now he wants the gold from the treasury dept. to keep in Texas (for his personal use). You damn conservatives need to wake the hell up and see what laughing stock you are for voting for this clown. You think that anyone who holds a bible up and misquotes scripture is a real christian when in actuality they haven’t opened it since the 5th grade Sunday school class. You’re all pathetic trying to hold on to the tit a little longer. LMAO at you fools!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:58am
  64. I feel bad for texas dealing with this person.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:01am
  65. Two words, Mr. Perry: George. Wallace.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:11am
  66. this person doesnt believe in equal rights call them 818-627-0097

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:17am
  67. Backward asshole

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:46am
  68. Solicits opponents for future votes? These guys should have gone to seminary since they so firmly support the religious arguments and of course only apply these to gays – hiding behind a book with many ill-advised practices deemed policies back in the day. Seminary + politician = dangerous mix.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:06am
  69. What does Rick’s wife Anita really think? Did Marcus Bachmann give any advice here?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:39am
  70. Having lived in Texas, I know that most of the people in Texas couldn’t care less what happens. However, it’s closeted gays posing as bigots that cause us the most problem. And yes, I refer to that governor Perry.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 3:42am
  71. LOSER!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 4:15am
  72. What a dinosaur!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 4:21am
  73. Perry, you and Scalia should get together and have a KKK meeting.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 4:31am
  74. This coming from a man who goes on his daily run with a pistol on his side. Which the only reason I can think anyone would do that is either idiocy (hoping he trips and he shoots himself in the foot) or because he is afraid of the people who can not stand him as Governor. I always thought Rick Perry was a douchebag! I am from Texas and he has screwed Texas up to no end. But what he forgets is Texas used to be a Democratic State until the Bush’s took over.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 5:02am
  75. What ever happened to separation of religion & state? you don’t want gay marriage? Don’t have one. If I have one, it should be none of your business.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 5:05am
  76. Tired, worn out, broken record!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 5:35am
  77. How traditional are we talkin’ here Rick? Women as “chattel property”, slavery, Klan rally traditional? A King, Church rule and Black Plague? The Inquisition, global conquest and hatred? Those all worked so well. I think, Rick, that you probably measure the success of a “traditional value” in bodies and cash…like your predecessor, Geo. Bush. Maybe it is time you EVOLVE. Try a little tenderness…as the song says.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 5:56am
  78. Hey Ricki, you’ll have to get on board or get run over by this bus just like the Medicare bus.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:16am
  79. Sickening.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:42am
  80. He is on the wrong side of history

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:11am
  81. It’s like he doesn’t understand what country he’s in….

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:55am
  82. Liberty and justice 4 all as our founding fathers would say generations ago, I should add equality

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 9:15am
  83. Hate to tell him this but Texas is gonna be soon painted bright blue as it goes back to Democrat and bright red for equality.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:20am