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

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. Shelby

    Ha, ha! perry, former democrat and Al Gore Campaign manager, recently walked backed his comment that God had “called” him to run for president. Now, he is walking back his approval of NY’s decision to allow gay marriage by saying that gay marriage is NOT okay with him. F.L.I.P-F.L.O.P.

    perry is an opportunist with his finger to the wind. He’ll say anything to try to advance his political ambitions. Why would anyone trust this colossal hypocrite?

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

    He's tap dancin now. I wonder why?

    July 28, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Rick Perry is NOT FINE with ME. There. No more Texans in the White House, EVER.

    July 28, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Steve, New York City

    The last Texas governor we had in the White Hose was an outright disaster. Why should we trust this twit?

    July 28, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Canuck

    What is it with these guys... how about live and let live. .. then they have the nerve to preach about smaller government????

    July 28, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. a in austin

    Perry can't be trusted.

    July 28, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. steve

    that's just fine governor because evangelical's are not fine with us. and you will NEVER be elected to another office in your lifetime anyway.

    July 28, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. not fine with Perry

    Well, if so than don't do it...but leave others to their choice.....!

    July 28, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. gt

    that statement ... just lost california and new york.... but won the south.. no news here...

    July 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    'Gay marriage is not fine with me'
    That would explain why you married a hetero you pontificating bufoon.

    July 28, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds (what little they had)!

    Now, now, I'm sure this is all a big misunderstanding and Perry will come out and reiterate his support for the standard GOBP policy on gay sex: It only belongs in airport restrooms and the homes of pastors, preachers and other religious figures.

    July 28, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. james ruston`

    If gay marriage is not all right with Mr. Perry, then he should definitely not marry one of his male friends.

    July 28, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. wayne

    anyone who would grant an interview to the "Family Reasearch Council", a proven coven of liars, is the scum of the earth!

    July 28, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Ed

    You are in the majority why do the minorty control our laws.

    Any state that allows gay marriage should get no tax dollars from the US Government period.

    July 28, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Ed Texas

    All I can say is Rick Perry is not alright with me. Perry is a creepy politican who panders to big business and extremely right wingers and right wing hate groups. He has done little for the state of Texas since the role of Governor is really a figurehead position. His support base is extremely limited and postions very polorizing. If he doesn't like Gay Marriage, as with Aborton, don't have one Bubba!

    July 28, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. dilberth

    Using his position as governor to promote, organize and speak at a religious event is not fine with me. He is such a coward. He basically is admitting that there is nothing left to do, but pray. He should get off his knees and go back to work.

    July 28, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Progressive Jedi

    If you don't want a gay marriage, don't have one! Otherwise, leave people alone!

    July 28, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Dan

    So it's okay for a state to use its sovereign rights to decide an issue related to family life, until you don't like the decision. And then, the answer is to make an amendment to the Constitution that takes away power from states. Brilliant.

    How come the answer to everything these days seems to be an amendment to the Constitution saying what people or the government cannot do? I'm pretty sure the Constitution mostly exists to grant us rights and guarantee that certain things DO happen. It does not exist to prohibit. Last time we tried to use the Constitution to prohibit something (because of religious fervor, of course), that worked out really well.

    July 28, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Kris

    I don't care what he think about gay marriage. He is a bigot and hater and should be ignored. Gays and lesbians dserve the same respect that heterosexuals have when it comes to marriage. IF you don't like same-sex marriages then don't go to one and don't have any homosexual friends. But don't attempt to make it a law that denies the rights of citizens based on some hocus pocus you find in your bible. That is strictly your personal beliefs and should have nothing to do with the laws of the land. Heterosexuals do such a fine job at marriage that the divorce rate is over 50%. If churches do not want to perform same-sex marriages then don't, but don't expect any government funding or tax breaks. Just mind your own business. Same-sex marriages hurt know one.

    July 28, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Alex

    Then he probably shouldn't be getting married to a man, if it's not fine with him. No one showed up at his wedding protesting that he was marrying the person he was in love with and wanted to commit the rest of his life to be with. GLBT Americans pay the say taxes and live by the same laws he does, but why should he decide if I can marry my boyfriend? I grew up in Houstont Texas and don't understand if marriage is so sacred why are divorces allowed? Figure it out Hater! Love one another and stop the biggotry!

    July 28, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    ...and we're supposed to care what this guy thinks? He has ZERO chance of getting anywhere near the White House.

    July 28, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Richard

    This incompetent wants smaller government yet favors a constitutional marriage amendment. These Teapublicans exemplify hypocrisy and the old adage "You can't fix stupid."

    July 28, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Jurry

    What is Sanatorum's fascination with beastiality, polygamy, pedophilia and homosexuality? He's obsessed with it. Every time I turn around he's talking about it.

    July 28, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. chris24

    maybe mr. perry should ask God what he thinks. they are personal friends, of course.

    July 28, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Why is the FRC not designated a hate group in this article? They should be receiving the same sort of introduction as the KKK.

    Perry can either be a 10th amendment supporter or in favor of the federal gov't taking over this issue with a constitutional amendment. He can't be both.

    July 28, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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