Perry clarifies views on marriage, again
August 3rd, 2011
04:14 PM ET
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Perry clarifies views on marriage, again

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry voiced support for a federal marriage amendment Wednesday, a departure from earlier comments in support of states' rights.

The Republican governor, who is considering a run for the White House in 2012, said he supports a federal amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

"I support the federal marriage amendment and I also support the same with the issue of abortion," Perry said in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "I also support that same process for a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution."

At a dinner in Aspen in July, Perry responded to a vote in New York that legalized same-sex marriage, saying "That's New York and that's their business, and that's fine with me."

In a later interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Perry further clarified his remark by repeating his commitment to the 10th amendment and his belief 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," Perry said. "Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn't changed."

The longest serving governor in Texas history received criticism from Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who is one of many candidates running in part on their socially conservative record that will prove important to early presidential primary and caucus voters.

In the interview on CBN, Perry again emphasized his support of states' rights.

"Wouldn't America be stronger economically if we removed all those strings that have been attached to everything," Perry said. "Remove all those strings and let these states go out there and be laboratories of innovation."

And as expected, Perry said he will make a final decision about a presidential bid in the next few weeks.

"I have no idea what God's plans are for me, but I'm going to try to be as faithful to him as I can be," Perry said.

A spokesman for Perry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

– CNN's Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Gay rights • Rick Perry • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Sae-jin

    Perry exemplifies hypocrisy. He is for limited government yet supports a federal amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. What's next, Bible-thumping as the national sport? And you think the Taliban are extreme...

    August 3, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Such an amendment would be grotesquely unconsitutional. Such a marriage amendment would have to reference and revise the 1st amendment.

    August 3, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Philip Hades

    "I believe in states and individuals rights, as long as they agree with me." – Rick Perry (and every other hypocritical republican d-bag.)

    August 3, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Jess Sayn

    God has spoken to me and he's pissed. He told me to tell Rick Perry to stop pretending to speak for Him or He will continue with the destruction of Texas.

    August 3, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    There he goes adhering to the far right. You can't be taken seriously in a republican primary if you're pro gay, pro choice, pro taxes, etc.

    August 3, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    trust me when a person starts hearing voices it is NOT always the voice of God. Check out every picture of Rick Perry and to me he looks like his elevator doesn't go all the way to the top. Like Obama or not, I live in Texas and for Perry to get anywhere NEAR the White House would be a BIG MISTAKE!!

    August 3, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boy, I wonder how Dick and Liz Cheney feel about Perry now, but then again the Cheney's always retreat when the subject of gay marriages is on the table.

    August 3, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. rob

    What a Godly Specimen you are ,Rick! Texas Children have to pay 370.00 a year,per student,"To Ride the School Bus???? You are a real "Financial Wizard"?? Clean-up your own mess in Texas,before trying to create one for America?? Your Gop/Tp has done enough "Damage to America" already!!! No more Texas in the White House! Dreamer?

    August 3, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Squealy

    Republicans really need to let that marriage thing go. The train has left the station on that one.

    August 3, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Carlos

    Yep, nothing says "presedential" like enshrining bigotry and discrimination in the Constitution. Brilliant.

    August 3, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Texrat the Crypticum Keeper

    This is the definition of insanity.

    August 3, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Such an amendment would be grotesquely unconsitutional. Such a marriage amendment would have to reference and revise the 1st amendment.
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    You're a Constitutional scholar now Rudy??!! Does your mommy know you're practicing law out of her basement? Please give it a rest.

    August 3, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Jim in San Mateo

    Here is a guy who wanted to Texas to secede from the US and now he wants to lead the country? Can he make up his mind. Smaller government is fine until you need help. He's just blowing in the political wind. The government doesn't need more laws as long as you behave the way we want you to.

    August 3, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. DrewInPortland

    'laboratories of innovation'... Stealing a talking point from Gary Johnson?? Too bad Gary Johnson actually cares about ALL PEOPLE, and not just the ones that think exactly like this tool. Stay in Texas Perry. Threaten to suceed again, that's a great way to show you are for all Americans...

    August 3, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Jamie from Riverside

    Forget it you nutball. You don't have a snowball's chance in....Texas.

    August 3, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Just when I start thinking I could like Perry, he comes out in favour of religious tyranny. Disappointing...

    August 3, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Squealy and Carlos are both right.

    August 3, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    This is what happens when the GOBPbaggers' "states' rights" propaganda collides with their "we need to control what ALL Americans do in their bedrooms" extreme rightwing social control agenda.

    August 3, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Steve, New York City

    Please, governor Perry, spare us.

    After 8 years of having a "folksy idiot" from Texas in the White House, the US' economic and fiscal condition are in shambles.

    With the possible exception of Sarah Palin, governor Perry might be the VERY LAST THING that America needs at the moment.

    August 3, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. rene

    The supreme court will eventually have to rule in favor of Gay marriage nationally because "Marital Status" determines tax rates and benefits and you are required to state your marital status on your federal tax returns. In fact, since the federal government subsidizes churches (aka: no taxes for them but they get all the police, fire, grid, etc... services) we should all have a say on what they can and cannot do. Churches that don't want federal intervention should pay their taxes like everybody else.

    August 3, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Name joseabiliodesousa

    Scary people.

    August 3, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Darko

    This blog shows how utterly illiterate liberals are when it comes to Constitutional rights.

    But hey, Free Cell phones are a Right!

    August 3, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Shorter Perry: "Please believe me...I hate gay people just as rabidly as you do. I'm so so sorry I made you doubt my commitment to their oppression."

    August 3, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "This blog shows how utterly illiterate liberals are when it comes to Constitutional rights."

    Oh? Do tell. Please give us a complete rundown of the Constitutional provisions, SCOTUS precedent and and legal analysis of the facts, applying the appropriate standard of SCOTUS "scrutiny," that leads you to believe we haven't the faintesst clue what we're talking about when we say it's time to recognize equality in every single aspect of life for our fellow citizens who are gay. We'll wait right here.

    Meanwhile, Clement, who is the attorney Boehner hired to defend DOMA, is busy making an argument in the brief he just submitted that amounts to the following, relying on the fact that gay people had to identity for the past 250+ years in this country:

    "If we're so successful at discriminating against, persecuting and oppressing a class of persons that they have to hide themselves to avoid said discrimination, persecution and oppression, then the resulting lack of available overt evidence of events showing that discrimination, persecution and oppression can be used to prove they don't need protection against discrimination, persecution and oppression."

    Yeah. Hate is, by definition, circular logic.

    August 3, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Small edit:

    "This blog shows how utterly illiterate liberals are when it comes to Constitutional rights."

    Oh? Do tell. Please give us a complete rundown of the Constitutional provisions, SCOTUS precedent and and legal analysis of the facts, applying the appropriate standard of SCOTUS "scrutiny," that leads you to believe we haven't the faintesst clue what we're talking about when we say it's time to recognize equality in every single aspect of life for our fellow citizens who are gay. We'll wait right here.

    Meanwhile, Clement, who is the attorney Boehner hired to defend DOMA, is busy making an argument in the brief he just submitted that amounts to the following, relying on the fact that gay people had to hide their identities for the past 250+ years in this country:

    "If we're so successful at discriminating against, persecuting and oppressing a class of persons that they have to hide themselves to avoid said discrimination, persecution and oppression, then the resulting lack of available overt evidence of events showing that discrimination, persecution and oppression can be used to prove they don't need protection against discrimination, persecution and oppression."

    Yeah. Hate is, by definition, circular logic.

    August 3, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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