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              Texas Gov Rick Perry speaks at the McCloskey Speaker Series: A Conversation with Republican Governors on Friday July 22, 2011, in Aspen, Colo.(AP Photo/Aspen Daily News/Heather Rousseau)
              Texas Gov Rick Perry speaks at the McCloskey Speaker Series: A Conversation with Republican Governors on Friday July 22, 2011, in Aspen, Colo.(AP Photo/Aspen Daily News/Heather Rousseau)   

Perry loves states’ rights so much, he doesn’t care about gay marriage in NY

Even though he calls himself an “unapologetic social conservative,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he’s so dedicated to states’ rights that the state of New York’s approval of gay marriage is fine by him.

Perry opposes gay marriage, but said that the 10th Amendment, which gives power not afforded to the federal government to state governments, is more important than his personal beliefs. (Texas reps: Perry will get in)

“Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me,” Perry told top Republican donors in at an event in Colorado.

“That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business,” the Associated Press reports Perry said to strong applause from the crowd.

The comments may be controversial with social conservatives, despite Perry’s constitutional justification for his opinion. Perry has been criticized in the past for his record on immigration and health issues. The governor was active in the Democratic Party before becoming a Republican in 1989.

At the same event, a forum held by the Aspen Institute and attended by governors Scott Walker (R-WI), Nikki Haley (R-SC), Susana Martinez (R-NM) and Bob McDonnell (R-VA), Perry reiterated that he’d announce his 2012 primary intentions sometime in the next few weeks.

Perry told the audience what his wife said to him: “Your country is in trouble and you need to do your duty.”

“I listen to my wife,” he joked.

“I’m asking the right questions,” Perry said. “I’m basically asking people, ‘Do you think there’s room in this presidential election for a full-throated, unapologetic fiscal conservative? And if you do think there’s room, are you going to help?’”

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  • K Michael ODonovan

    Perry comes from the “NO BULL” state, and he will be a great candidate to replace the “BUM STEER” in the White House.

  • dan1davis

    What do you know? The guy may have actually thought about the constitution.

  • Todd Dunning

    This is exactly why Perry will win. ‘Small government’ means get out of people’s personal lives and bedrooms.

  • rockon53

    To bad Rick Perry doesn’t feel the same way when it comes to Federal aid. He’s the first one with his hand out crying foul. The tenth amendment only applies when Perry doesn’t need any Federal aid. I love to see this fool run for President.

    • JimConstitution

      The States should not have to ask for money from the feds. The feds should tax us to run the government not to use States and peoples money to bribe them.

      If the federal government was smaller (as the founding fathers said it should always be) States could handle their on finances.

      Money sent to the feds should be collected by the State for its own budget. Their are so many departments that are State type, and should be handled in State.

      For every fed employee its a double waimee. 1) taxpayers must pay salary. 2) fed employee pay no tax. (tax they pay was from the taxpayer already). So twice the taxpayer is hit, plus the person is not producing anything for America, no product or service.

    • Anonymous

       Rockon-You  are wrong  as hell. Perry put his hand  out for federal disaster aid when the  state of Texas was hit by horrible, devastating fires, Accepting disaster aid that automatically  come out of peoples taxes is completely different than taking loans from the  government that create ties one cannot get out of. The  USa gives  federal disaster aid to foreign countries, How dare you make fun of Perry for trying to help  people who lost everything they had due to disaster ? Barack Obama snubbed many Texas residents, refusing to even pay a visit to tour Texas fire damage. RIck  Perry, Senator John Cornyn, and Kay Bailey Hutchinson all asked Obama to  reconsider and Obama said no.  Obama never even showed up in Texas when this state was devastated by fire. There are news videos one can download on the internet from Texas news  stations that talk about this, it is not made up.  Who do you know in USA  history that  would have gotten away with such arrogance  as Obama did?   This snub of Texas residents was deliberate on Obama’s part because   many  people in Texas do not agree with his policies. .  Perry is a fool? The state of Texas has remained the only  state in the  nation that has not  gone down hill economically  in the  recession. Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio are and have been the top cites in the  USa where people have been moving for jobs.This is not the sign of a state that has a ‘fool”  for a governor, nor incompetent politicians in Perry’s administration. 1 in 3 jobs have been offered in Texas in the last few  years. Perry has been the  head of the National Governor’s Association, and is the longest serving governor in the  nation’s history.  USA citizens almost did not get their social security, veterans benefits, disabilty , ect this past month because the Usa economy is so bad. Anyone with sense would welcome  someone like Perry for President. Those who follow Obama remind me of people who follow a cult,  Many times followers of a cult keep on following until they experience their own death. And I can give you a good definition of a fool. . a fool  is someone who would cancel the National Day of Prayer, which the Usa had for decades until Obama cancelled that day . Obama apparently did not think he or the country needs God’s guidance. Now, that is a fool.