Texas Gov. Perry: 'Gay marriage is not fine with me'
July 28th, 2011
02:46 PM ET
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Texas Gov. Perry: 'Gay marriage is not fine with me'

(CNN)-Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants you to know he isn't fine with gay marriage.

In an interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins he hedged controversial comments made at a dinner in Aspen last week when he said, "Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. You know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me."

"I probably needed to add a few words after that 'it's fine with me,'" Perry admitted to Perkins Thursday.

And he repeated his commitment to the 10th amendment as well as his conviction that marriage should be between a man and a woman. "It's fine with me that a state is using their sovereign rights to decide an issue. Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn't changed."

"My comments reflect my recognition that marriage and most issues of the family have historically been decided by the people at the state and local level. And that is absolutely the state of law under our Constitution," Perry continued.

Perry kicked up a firestorm among social conservatives, a group of which he includes himself as a member. And among the GOP presidential field of candidates, a group that he may join soon, Perry drew heavy criticism from fellow social conservative Rick Santorum.

The former Pennsylvania senator quickly slammed Perry on Twitter Saturday saying, "So Gov Perry, if a state wanted to allow polygamy or if they chose to deny heterosexuals the right to marry, would that be OK too?"

But almost a week later, the three-term governor sought to pacify his critics as he voiced support for a federal marriage amendment similar to the statewide amendment in Texas passed during his administration that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

"To not pass the federal marriage amendment would impinge on Texas and other states not to have marriage forced upon them," Perry said.

"Our Constitution was designed to respect states…I have long supported the appointment of judges who respect the Constitution and the passage of a federal marriage amendment. That amendment defines marriage as between one man and one woman and it protects the states from being told otherwise," he affirmed.

CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Kwesoe

    No gay person is asking your permission to be gay, Rick. Last I heard, this was still a free country.

    July 28, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. creole

    Oh Lord here we go...another crazy repugnance!!!!

    July 28, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Russ

    Sounds like Rick is either a homophobic or a closeted gay. I thought this was a free country. Just like abortion, why should a handful of radicals determine what the rest of the country wants. For a group of people (Tea Party/Republicans) that what to take back the country and have less government control, they sure want to pass a lot of laws to control the people they govern. Sounds like a socialist dictatorship to me.

    July 28, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    And remember, you GOP folks... these are the folks who complain so bitterly about wanting small government and getting government out of your lives... until you run afoul of their moral sensibilities. Even if your choices do not affect others at all, they want government telling you how to live your life.

    July 28, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. jk from MN

    Starting to look a little like Mitt, there? I was against it beofre I was for it and now I'm bask to against it, there, Gov? Hypocrite.

    July 28, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Sorensen

    Mr. Perry is so Texan, so reactionary, so primitive, so intellectually corrupt, so irrelevant, so corny and ridiculous,
    so embarrassing and so out-of-date with any civilized and intelligent people.
    He is the kind of guy that makes the civilized world consider the US a primitive and corny country.
    Very sad.
    Ask the corrupt and sick catholic bishops, popes, saints, etc. what they think. They agree with him.
    So he must be right!

    July 28, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. JohnRJ08

    What a shock.

    July 28, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    The louder the homophobe the more I wonder what they're hiding.

    July 28, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    You know, the social issues show the GOP for what they really are: big-government, intrusive, self-righteous hypocrites. Perry could have grown a pair and said that his comment in NY was in line with his governing philosophy, but he had to backtrack, recant his error to the GOP Curia, and now declare himself to be a staunch supporter of yet another amendment to the Constitution ( my, the Cons love amending the document they always say was divinely-inspired) because 2 people might be happy somewhere, and Tony Perkins can't tolerate that idea. Maybe Michelle Bachmann's husband can head up a new federal agency to " pray the gay away", and Ann Coulter can be that department's official press secretary. They would not HESITATE to use the power of the Federal Government to do that, but God forbid we help out tornado or flood victims: ole' constipated Eric Cantor would probably personally present the victims with a bill, kind of like Palin charging for rape kits.

    The Constitution was designed to protect people, not the states, and the issue of federal vs state power was settled long ago at the cost of over 600,000 lives. The Federal Government is the supreme power in the land, and that was written into the Constitution, and has been upheld by the courts. Period.

    July 28, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. MrManhattan

    So he believes in States Rights, but only when he agrees with the state. In all other cases, Federal rule should apply.

    I get it.

    July 28, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. TX Democrat

    Make up your mind tricky Rick!

    July 28, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. ja

    all of the crooks want to despense, their beliefs upon others, who made you God, most of the gop should be placed in a slow boat to china, and the plug pulled

    July 28, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Linda C - AZ

    Soon, you'll be able to marry your dog!

    July 28, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Pary

    He was in good shape until he started pandering to the Christian right wingers. He WAS on sound intellectual ground.

    Now however, he is for states rights, EXCEPT when he runs across a state that doesn't have the laws that HE WANTS – which by the Constitution, he must respect. In that case, he wants the Federal Government to dictate to all states that they must only follow the laws he wants.

    How's that for an intellectually dis honest position?

    July 28, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. DA

    Perry, say what ever you want!!! No one gives a hoot!!!

    July 28, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. AnotherRepubHypocrite

    So, Perry has always believed that marriage should be defined by the states...yet he wants to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would forbid states from recognizing same-s3x marriages...got it.

    July 28, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. mgc florida

    Right this from the mouth piece that claims he is for small government with the exception of peaking into people's bedrooms, telling a woman what she can and can't do with her body and legislating morality.

    Can You say HYPOCRITES!!!! All of the republicans, hypocrites and liars.

    July 28, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Busted

    I love how these peoples love for the constitution is constantly challenged w/their own calls for changing it.

    July 28, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Republican Robber Baron

    Who cares. If we wanted to elect politicians to wage Culture Wars instead of take care of REAL issues...you know like paying our bills and reducing our debt...we would have voted for Tom DeLay or others that just want to waste time.

    July 28, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. MarkD

    So Rick Perry is required to be on the side of a Southern Poverty Law Center certified hate group to be considered president? Good luck with that small tent, small minded crowd you're appeasing to Governor.

    July 28, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Mike

    Gay marriage? That's what you're focusing on? High unemployment, unnecessary wars, mounting debt, hatred running rampant and that's what you're discussing? If that's how you prioritse things, you should never sniff the inside of the White House, unless you take a tour.

    July 28, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. David

    Everyone knows Gov.Perry is a homosexual.

    The rumors and stories are thirty years old.

    I think Gov.Perry should support civil rights for ALL Americans.

    July 28, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. G-nO-P

    Just make sure your Lips are Blood red form all the KoolAde they serve you at FOX News there Governor ... don't Forget.. when talking to Tony Perkins or the Tea Party, you need to remember that you have to check your individualism at the door so you can engage in the mindless psycho-bable and double-speak of the stepford wives club . . You're just a pathetic TOOL .. like most elected Republicans have shown themselves to be . . . . . what a bunch of Mindless Automatons . .

    July 28, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. rs

    Gee, this guy can be steered (by the fundimentalist Right) about as well as W could. It is a good time to see who owns this candidate. We don't need another one from Texas....

    July 28, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Jared

    I'm glad Gov. Perry has the courage to stand up for true marriage. It's time more people began to peacefully express their opposition to the gay agenda being forced on them. It is critical for the health of this country. Peace.

    July 28, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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