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Texas Gov. Rick Perry with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, from Flickr user Texas Governor Rick Perry, used under a Creative Commons license

From the Daily Caller:

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.

“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.

As I’ve said, I like Gov. Perry.  But just like every other candidate, he’s no Conservative Messiah.  He’s a former Democrat, he supported the biggest social liberal in the race last time, and he’s got a stance on marriage right now that rich GOP donors in Colorado love but I bet most conservative evangelicals will hate.  Or, put more briefly, he’s a politician.  You don’t have to like it, but that’s reality.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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6 Responses to Is This Your Messiah, Folks?

  1. Susan says:

    I wonder what Rick Perry’s record would have been if he had been Govenor in Massachusetts rather than Texas. I wonder what Mitt’s record would have been if he had been a Texas Govenor?

  2. gene hand says:

    According to several people from Tex. Perry is an Elmer Gantry !
    He had an affair with the Sec . of State…but his wife like Hillary just looked the other way.also had an affair with a guy
    a real winner !And isn’t Texas in debt? Perry was the guy when Tex. borrowed,spent like crazy .
    Can’t wait until he enters…..the media will devour him, BTW, most of those jobs in texas are min.wages, and guess who is holding a goocd percentage of those jobs….SI’ SENIOR !
    All I have just said comes from people in Texas.

    • Rick says:

      Gene, I’m not sure where you live, but here in Texas we have nearly 25 Million people. I could find you “several people from Tex.” to say just about anything about anybody. The rumor you mention is complete bunk and you are naive to repeat it. By the way, Perry has TWICE had to deal with $10 Billion plus deficits and refused to raise taxes, only cutting spending…would that not be a breath of fresh air in Washington, DC?

  3. July 26, 2011, Homosexuality is an EVIL, Wicked SIN and I will never support it. If Rick Perry says it’s ok then I say No to Rick Perry. I have said and now still do give my Vote for U.S.A. President to Mitt Romney because of his Moral Values and High Principles. And I also would like to see Sarah Palin as our “Speaker of the House”. Or Maybe Sarah Palin for our Vice President.

    • Rick says:

      Of course Perry is not our Messiah…only the democrats look at their candidates that way. But he is certainly the most proven winner and effective leader republicans have. He has actually taken conservative philosophy and turned it into actual policy and law, he has won the tough races. Like Ronald Reagan, the democrat party left him (most dems in Texas were conservatives well into the 80′s). But attacking Perry on Gay Marriage while trumpeting Mit Romney is, well, just funny. Perry actually passed a defense of marriage amendment to the Texas Constitution, while Mit promised in his own public letter to be more supportive of the gay agenda than Ted Kennedy had been, even supporting “gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly” in the military.
      Charles, you say “he’s got a stance on marriage” that evangelicals will hate…really? Could you define the stance a little better for me, because I’m confused as to how his position of being against gay marriage and having a very strong record proving that is a bad thing? At least he never said he would be more pro-gay than Ted Kennedy.

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