GOP's Rick Perry on NY Gay Marriage: 'That's Fine with Me.'

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been in the news with some frequency of late. A good deal of the coverage has centered on his support of a national day of prayer, "The Response USA," which will invoke God's help in restoring "moral purpose" to the United States.  (Incidentally, this is an event which some Catholic bishops, including Bishop Richard Malone of Portland, ME, have endorsed.) Perry also proclaimed a state-wide day of prayer asking for rain in Texas, which has drawn fire from various quarters.

Perry, who is rumored to be considering a run for the Republican Party's nomination for President, is back in the headlines today. According to the Des Moines Register, he had the following to say about the recent passage of gay marriage in New York at a gathering of Republican donors at the Aspen Institute:


"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,” he said to applause from several hundred GOP donors in Aspen, the AP reported.

Some of the governor's more conservative supporters seem to be dismayed at this turn of events. And his possible opponents in the race seem to be wasting no time pouncing on the comments. Former senator Rick Santorum, also a Republican hopeful for the presidency, tweeted his (necessarily) terse rebuttal last night:

“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?”

So far, no response from Governor Perry on Santorum's question. Nor, for that matter, Alex Pareene's query over at Salon

What "if a state wanted to allow human beings to be bought and sold as property[?]" because Perry's position on that particular Constitutional question still seems kind of fuzzy.

Timothy O'Brien, SJ

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Beth Cioffoletti
6 years 10 months ago
More than anything else, I hate to see politicians use "prayer" to further their agendas.  Well, maybe seeing bishops endorse that prayer annoys me just as much.

Separate Church and State.  Argue as much as you need to figure out the laws we need to live together peacefully, but leave prayer and religious wording out of it. 

We can be civil and moral, secular beings in the public square.  Then we can go home and pray in private behind closed doors.

ed gleason
6 years 10 months ago
Sorry David but you are wrong about fewer voters. More people voted in 2008 than ever before and Obama received more votes than any president ever. I glad that your continual postings about politics shows that you are not one of those you cite
"I'm guessing that it's why few people take the political 'news' very seriously.'

6 years 10 months ago
Here's a thought-experiment: If America bloggers were to design a Republican candidate they wouldn't automatically dismiss as a pro-slavery homophobe (I won't suggest they actually have to vote for such a creature), what would he/she look like?
David Nickol
6 years 10 months ago
Jeff Landry,

Rudy Giuliani?

Barry Goldwater in his later years? He said:

After more than 50 years in the military and politics, I am still amazed to see how upset people can get over nothing. Lifting the ban on gays in the military isn’t exactly nothing, but it’s pretty damned close.

Everyone knows that gays have served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar. They’ll still be serving long after we’re all dead and buried. That should not surprise anyone.

Beth Cioffoletti
6 years 10 months ago
Jeb Bush
Kang Dole
6 years 10 months ago
"what would he/she look like?"

He would be tall and rail-thin, with a beard and a sunken, craggy face.
Beth Cioffoletti
6 years 10 months ago
Olympia Snowe (voting twice)
Beth Cioffoletti
6 years 10 months ago
Olympia Snowe (voting twice)
Beth Cioffoletti
6 years 10 months ago
Actually, Walter, I like the way that Dorothy Day lived her faith in the political world.  She practiced the works of Mercy without government aid, support or permission.  The Catholic Worker was not a faith-based organization, in collusion with the government.  She also  publicly protested the structures and systems that kept so many people poor (she fought hard for the labor unions).  Some considered her an enemy of the state.  

But she prayed in private.
Vince Killoran
6 years 10 months ago
I agree with Beth's characterization of Dorothy Day but wish to add that she was fully anti-capitialist. She didn't think it could be reformed to be "moral" or ethical (she held the same unequivocal view of state socialism although she noted that socialist and communist at least did the hard work of organizing the poor and working class).

In the last few years I've picked up a whiff of revisionism about Day's views so it's worth re-reading her autobiography and newspaper columns.
Helena Loflin
6 years 10 months ago
Secessionist Perry has turned Texas into a basket case.  Since 2000, Texas debt has risen by 281% compared to U.S. debt by 234%.  Texas now has the highest number and highest percentage of AT or BELOW minimum wage jobs, even more so than Mississippi.  And a $27 billion budget deficit.  Just cut $4 billion from school funding with 80,000 additional students entering public schools this fall.  His record is atrocious.

When Perry speaks, he has no clue what he's talking about.  He just knows that anything "states' rights" appeals to his "old times there are not forgotten" supporters. 


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