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. Oldie in TampaBay

    hmmmm ... just read something about Perry from his college days ... seems to me as if he perhaps protesteth a tad too hard maybe? The truth is about to come out Gov ..

    July 28, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Norman

    he just lost the moderate vote and any chance he has at the presidency-sorry, Perry, hate isnt an american virtue-youre done!

    July 28, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. mfhpr

    Watch it, folks...he's a fairly dangerous man. He's an undercover agent from the FBI – sent here to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan!

    Seriously, Perry is a right-wing NUT and a half. If you're not a Jesus freak and don't hold Texas on a pedestal he won't like you!

    July 28, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    If gay marriage is not okay with you then don't marry anyone that is gay. As for the rest of us...stay out of our bedrooms!

    July 28, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. M

    LOL, didn't Perry, along with most Repugs & Baggers sign Norquists' "Pledge"?? In 2010 Norquist joined GOProud, a political org representing 'conservative' gays, lesbians & transgenders. Everyone that signed, signed a deal with the devil. NOW they (GreedOverPeople & Baggers) are trying to destroy country with default, lying, cheating, philandering, not supporting their children & most other abominations you can think of. Take TX out of the Great USA as you desired, Perry. Too many crooked, racist & no moral values by elitists down there....Bush & Watson come forefront to mind. All your dearly loved loop-holes, subsidies, tax evasions, frauds & abuses....leave the states rather than trying to ruin (run, haha) them/US! OBAMA 2012!! (& hopefully we'll get other races & religions in house & senate. You 'Good 'ole Boys' definitely aren't Christian & have very questionable values & business dealings!

    July 28, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. frank in valparaiso

    Santorum is an idiot. Perry is far and above him in the lack of knowledge of government. Thank GOD Texas has the office of governor pretty useless. Like a eunuch in a bordello. All he can do is sign bills and appoint people to state commissions. He can't even propose legislation. Or a budget. Perry went to A&M, he learned nothing while he was there and it shows.

    July 28, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Bee

    Well, who are you to decide? You are NOT god. Oh by the way, it's really none of your bees wax. You worry about politics. Lay off the sexual preference of the public. You people are nothing but a**es, who wants to poke your noses in everyone's business. Stick to politics.

    July 28, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Doug in NYC

    To paraphrase Rick Perry "I was for states rights before I was against it!" That pesky Constitution..........In other news: Red is gray and yellow white, but we decide which is right, and which is an illusion.

    July 28, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. person

    You're boring, old, white and old.

    July 28, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Liz the First

    Then don't marry a man! gay marriage isn't for you, mr Perry, it's for gay people. and they have the same right to be happy and legally protected as you do. this is not a theocracy where the government has the right to discriminate against people. churches are still free to do that if they must, but civil marriage is a legal contract and the states or fed. gov't have no business telling two consenting adults they can't enter into a legal contract everyone else is free to enter into! plain and simple.

    July 28, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Rumors in Austin say Perry likes the way one of his state chefs serves up his "hot dog"!

    Perry is against gay marriage?

    Why marry, when you can always get a "side dish" served UP!

    July 28, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. HJA

    And he claims to be a Christian. He doesn't know what the word means.

    July 28, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. wayne

    .....OOOPPS.....Perry just learned the "Christian Right Shuffle"!!!!

    July 28, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    If the neo-cons are displeased about stance, they are sure gonna hate to find out Pompadour Perry voted to let illegal aliens pay in state tuition in 2001!

    July 28, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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