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

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. Marie MD

    Hey secessionist go pray for rain again. Maybe this time it will work and maybe not.
    Even Hurricane Don didn't want to deal with your state.
    You christian you, another reason not to vote for you for anything – leave your god (who is only interested, from what you say, in your other christian friends and nobody else) out of the equation. I guess Texas because of its size has two village idiots not just one!

    August 3, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Ed Texas

    Perry is a joke. He doesn't do anything except organize prayer groups to pray for rain (last Apri – didn't workl) and next weeks net weeks pray for the nation (because a "black man" is in the White House) kinda stuff. He panders to big business and the extreme right wing, coo coos who make up a large part of the Texas population.

    August 3, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. jilli

    Rick Perry makes GW Bush look like Einstein.

    The aw, shucks cowboy schtick isn't going to win him a national election – the GW Bush nightmare is still with us. One doofus from TX was enough, a dumber version won't win a national election.

    August 3, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. SecedingfromTexas

    @Day of Financial Wreckening is Here............
    Actually, you need to give yourself a rest, change to decaffienated tea (as suggested before), take two
    aspirin, take 10 deep breaths, and read a book. I enjoy these blogger's comments. They are
    obviously well-informed, smart individuals, who know what they are talking about. An education comes from
    many corners, and this is one of them. I would rather read ideas from people who truly care about
    America, and not those who just scream and holler, criticize, and have no original thought of their own.
    Yes, I'm "speakin to you".

    August 3, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Mindie from India

    Why is the USA 'defining' what marriage is? Marriages are certainly not unique to USA. What we do have in this country are power hungry wannabe politicians who want to take and take and never give or give. Marriage is between two 'people' (not dogs, not horses) who love each other. Gay marriage will be legal in the USA very soon. Too bad Christians are so hateful they can't look beyond gender and just see love.

    August 3, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. John

    Ok Rick, we don't need yet another politician focused on things that the Fed should leave the heck alone when the country is in real trouble and needs real leadership. See yea and check another waste of campaign contributions of the list.

    August 3, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Mindie from India

    Christians are against abortion but all gun-ho for war – which is nothing more than death and destruction – and you wonder why people call you HYPOCRITES. We wonder why you call yourselves CHRISTIAN. Obviously you 'Christians' don't know the definition of either word.

    August 3, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. John

    Perry's about face on this issue says all you need to know about him. Like Mitt Romney, he will put aside whatever convictions he may have had if the Tea Party insists on it.

    August 3, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Nick

    What I really don't understand is where the fear comes from on the Republican side. This whole "definition" thing is so strange to me given that Republicans preach about individualism and states rights and having the government staying out of peoples lives.. of course then it comes to the topics of gay rights and a woman's right to choose and all hell breaks loose. Does the Bible really teach this hatred to our fellow citizens?? Does Christianity really stand for wealth and control?? Did Jesus teach us to judge and hate one another for our differences. Why do "Christian" conservatives believe in persecution and control of others.. when it clearly wasn't what Jesus taught???

    August 3, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. S. In California

    Give it up Perry. While I am a Christian and I really don't like it when people speak negatively of Christianity – I feel there are scriptures as to why this country doesn't need you.

    7 David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the LORD my God. 8 But this word of the LORD came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.

    You sir have shed too much blood. No thank you.

    August 3, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    This is why fringe candidates like Santorum and Bachmann are good for the process. They expose the hypocrisy of other candidates and force them to flip and flop like fish out of water. Even though Perry doesn't have a chance, it's Mitten's turn next. Once the fringers get done exposing the two-face nature of the others, no one in their correct (notice I didn't say Right) mind would vote for them, except the sheep that would vote in Mao before voting for Obama

    August 3, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Beverly - NYC

    One man, one women. Will there also be amendments of serial grooms like Newt who has the next wife warming up before he files for divorce. You should have left it alone with your first statement that it was New York's business.

    August 3, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. vet in texas

    Perry is a fraud, we here in Texas know, and his followers who happened to be teachers figured it out the hard way. His followers who believed him when he ran in 10' that Texas doesn't have budget issue then months later see the front page that we are in a $27billion hole, his followers who thought he was for freedom until he "mandated" their teenage daughters get an untested HPV vaccine had to find out the hard way.

    the best candidate you have in the GOP won't get the nomination because he is Morman and a moderate, and the others outside of Paul have no shot, Paul is capable, but too old to play the games the PAC owners want, and has views that are impossible to attain, who in their right mind will vote to legalize herion and prostitution? Exactly.

    Perry and all the other candidates outside of Hunstman and Paul are complete frauds, no nothings, and opportunists! They each have something in their past that they promoted, voted for, or implemented that caused certain "real Americans" to meet up in the desert, yelling about they wan't their country back.........each day they prove whom they want it back from and it's not Al Queda!

    August 3, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. The Clear Thinking Independet Voter

    What happen to you Mr. STATES RIGHTS? Just once, I wish a politician on the RIGHT could be intellectually honest.

    August 3, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Mindie from India wrtoe:
    Why is the USA 'defining' what marriage is?
    That's the real question. I've been asking the same thing.

    By definition, any such definiton is regulation. The 1st Amendment *guarantees* freedom of religion, which means all religions are free. It does not grant any one religion the freedom to impose its;' beliefs upon others. I guess the next thing on the plate will be passing an amendment that prohibits the consumption of pork and broccoli.

    The 14th amendment means that states cannot pass referendums that restrict the rights and freedoms of people. Referendums are for school budgets, term limits, etc. Referendums are not to be used to restrict the freedom of the minority.

    August 3, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    OK so Perry has clarified his view on marriage. I wonder if Newt Gingrich could possible clarify his position on marriage again. I'll give him the option of choosing which of his many marriagies he would like to clarify

    August 3, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. George

    Rick Perry will keep on fine tuning his position until he finds the one that will take him the furthest.

    August 3, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. usualone

    He is talking out both sides of his mouth. Isn't the Constitution weighed down enough?

    August 3, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. GOP=KKK

    Rick sure learned the teabagger two-step real fast. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaw, y'aaaaaaaall!

    August 3, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    God's plans for you? So if you were ever (*gag*) elected POTUS and you had an important, split-second decision, we'd have to all wait until you tuned in your Jesus radio and figured out what the man in the clouds was trying to tell you what to do?

    Go back to the Dark Ages where you belong, Perry ...

    August 3, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    "Too bad Christians are so hateful they can't look beyond gender and just see love."

    That's because this version of Christian is actually just a bunch of hate-filled, self-righteous unaccountable ninnies who need an excuse for all their bad behavior because they are so spiritually devoid of love that they wouldn't recognize Jesus if he came up to them and slapped them in the face.

    August 3, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. geg

    some body tell hes got people living in texas with many wife ages 13 to 40

    August 3, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. fernace

    Guv'nah Goodhair shouldn't put himself out too much. It would be so much more comfortable to sit back, relax in the 10 G per month manse, paid for by the Texas working class. Do a little 1-man-1- woman-marriage-amendment cuddling with the wifey, who we never see. We know he's got1, just don't know where he keeps her. Some reminiscing about the Tx. budget balance would be nice. All he had to do was cut a little education here, a bit of healthcare there, shuffle SS & Medicare around & done deal! Another thing to be proud of is how the A word will soon dissapear here. That mandatory "wand" legislation was brilliant, in fact all the $$ spent on womens healthcare needed to be diverted for bigger & better ventures.Well shucks, he's right up there with the "goodest of the good ol' boys" the way God smiles on him, & bestows words of wisdom upon him. Yep, the country could hardly do better than Guv'nah Goodhair!!

    August 3, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. dd

    Perry et al stay out of our bedrooms and doctors offices! it is none of ur business! if you truly believed in god you would understand that Every person must take their own path! why are you all so arrogant to think you know what that should be? isn't every thing in the universe gods will?

    August 3, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    To get a job in texas, you must be bi-lingual and agree to work for minimum wage.

    August 3, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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