Rick Perry Makes Up With Anti-Gay Groups: “Obviously, Gay Marriage Is Not Fine With Me”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is frantically working to make amends for the comments he made about same-sex marriage last week. During a Colorado fundraiser last Friday, Perry stated that he was “fine” with New York’s decision to embrace marriage equality: “That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”
His comments sparked outrage from some social conservatives, including GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Today, it appears that Perry has undergone a miraculous change of heart. During an interview with Tony Perkins — president of the Family Research Council (designated an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center) — Perry clarified his position, stating:
I probably needed to add a few words after that ‘it’s fine with me,’ and that 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.
Perry stated that he supported a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, marking what Talking Points Memo called a “major about-face” in his position:
Perry said he supported changing the Constitution in order to ban gay marriage, a position that he characterized as supportive of states' rights even as it would overrule New York's own decision on the matter. […]
"[T]o not pass the Federal Marriage Amendment would impinge on Texas' and other states' right not to have marriage forced upon them by these activist judges and these special interest groups."
Perry’s rush to make nice with anti-gay zealots shouldn’t come as a surprise. The governor has a long history of associating with right-wing hate groups. Next month, Perry will be partnering with the American Family Association to hold an all-day prayer and fasting rally known as “The Response.
Both the FRC and AFA have are at the forefront of efforts to smear and demonize LGBT Americans. Both groups have equated gays and lesbians to terrorists, both have promoted the idea that gay people are disease-ridden, and both have expressed their support for criminalizing homosexuality.
And now, both can comfortably say they still endorse Gov. Rick Perry.