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Texas Governor Rick Perry Cozies Up To The AFA

On August 6, Texas Governor Rick Perry will partner with the American Family Association to host a mass prayer and fasting rally at Reliant Stadium in Houston called The Response. According to its official home page, the event hopes to draw people "to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose." The Texas Tribune reports that Perry, who might take a stab at running for the Republican presidential ticket, has no problem being linked to the anti-gay hate group.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor had been planning the event since December and was comfortable with the Tupelo, Miss.-based AFA as a host of the social conservative extravaganza. AFA is picking up the tab for the event, including the rental of Reliant Stadium in Houston, home to the NFL's Houston Texans.

"This is an organization that promotes safe and strong families," Miner said. "The governor looks forward to participating in this prayer service." Perry invited all of the nation's governors and various religious leaders to attend the Aug. 6 event. So far, Sam Brownback of Kansas, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, is the only governor who has confirmed he will attend. Miner said there would be more announcements about attendees forthcoming. The announcement of the event has heightened speculation that Perry is courting religious conservatives on his way to a run for the White House. Perry said he'd think more about a presidential bid at the end of the special legislative session, which is now entering its second week.

National Stonewall Democrats criticizes Perry: “If there is a worse partner than the American Family Association for Texas Governor Rick Perry’s day of prayer event, I certainly can’t think of one. As a certified hate group hell-bent on rolling back every bit of progress lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have made, this is certainly not going to be an uplifting event for LGBT Texans, especially those of faith. Rick Perry’s presidential aspirations seem to be getting the best of him. Rather than organize an event worthy of all Texans, he has chosen to ally himself with the deep pockets of the AFA. Let’s hope the 49 other governors he has invited turn down their invitations."

A protest rally will be held at the stadium on the day of the event. A Facebook page has been set up here.

The Human Rights Campaign, which has slammed Perry for his association with the AFA, has created an epetition. Sign it here.

Watch a KXAN news report about Perry and the AFA, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Enough with organizations that use the word "family" in their title/name. I'm tired of the political/religious "fatwa" they are always putting on my ass.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jun 11, 2011 1:26:48 PM

  2. Of all the things a politician should be doing, is PRAYER really first in mind? This is the height of ridiculousness.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 11, 2011 1:31:46 PM

  3. Too bad you are going to have call him president!

    Posted by: Brandon | Jun 11, 2011 2:30:15 PM

  4. Not a chance in hell Brandon

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 11, 2011 2:42:15 PM

  5. @ Brandon, who will vote for him? He wants to secede Texas from the union and then he decides he wants to be President and run the entire country, oh yeah, that' going to happen

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jun 11, 2011 2:47:18 PM

  6. Rumor had at it (at one point in time) that Perry is a closet gay. I'm not sure if that was ever truly disproven.

    Posted by: Guy | Jun 11, 2011 2:56:48 PM

  7. Social policy based on religion- This works so well in Iran!

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jun 11, 2011 2:57:01 PM

  8. Another white homophobe courting another organized white homophobic hatemachine, color me surprised.

    Posted by: whatdidyousay | Jun 11, 2011 3:01:39 PM

  9. loony tunes

    remember texas is where the repub party tried to nix their own speaker of the house for being Jewish instead of a raving loon xtianista

    the attempt failed BUT that they even tried it speaks tons about crazy xtianista texas

    Posted by: Mstrozfckslv | Jun 11, 2011 3:18:07 PM

  10. From Rick Perry's website for this event: "There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees." This may be the most agreeable thing I've ever heard from Rick Perry and his ilk, whether they know it or not!

    [Sorry, but I sometimes I think the best way to deal with these nutjobs is to laugh at them.]

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jun 11, 2011 3:26:12 PM

  11. Closet cases make the best homophobes, and Miss Perry's closet is just brimming. On your knees, indeed.

    Posted by: MacroT | Jun 11, 2011 4:15:41 PM

  12. @Macrot: An even better quote from cnn.com...
    "There's a huge gap in the Republican field right now, and as a former six-man football player, Rick Perry knows how to run to the hole."

    You can't write jokes like that.


    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jun 11, 2011 4:22:19 PM

  13. "There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees."

    WTF? America's only hope is death?

    Fundamentalist Protestantism is just a bunch of gobbledygook.

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 11, 2011 4:23:37 PM

  14. It's about time we had a gay president.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 11, 2011 4:39:54 PM

  15. BRANDON@ Bless your heart!

    Posted by: AUSTIN | Jun 11, 2011 4:52:20 PM

  16. He has to hurry because the major attribute he possesses, his look, which would probably get him into the audition for the role of president in a movie, is fading. Quickly.

    He'd be one of the easiest candidates to beat because you just have to highlight his deeply unpatriotic secession ideas. Why would anyone from outside Texas vote for someone who hates the USA??

    Posted by: galore | Jun 11, 2011 4:53:27 PM

  17. Gay-hatin' Mormon Mittens Romney will have to to have an Evangelical to cover his ass, so heads-up: look for this thicket.

    Posted by: Philop | Jun 11, 2011 5:34:40 PM

  18. Rick Perry is no different from the mullah-influenced leaders of the Middle East. He seems to have a similar belief in the role of religion in governance. Perhaps we should dig a little into Rick's background and see if we can find any dirt. These sorts almost always have something to hide....

    Posted by: adam | Jun 11, 2011 6:43:39 PM

  19. @Ryaninsacto

    I've had an exceptionally busy day and am exhausted, so my mind took a minute to process the meaning of your post. Upon reading it a second time, I suddenly understood what you were pointing out.

    "There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees."

    INDEED!! ROFLMAO! Made my day. Thanks.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Jun 11, 2011 7:06:29 PM

  20. This guy is disturbingly anti-gay. Effing Texas.

    Posted by: X | Jun 11, 2011 10:15:32 PM

  21. if he hates the country so much that he wants texas out the union. why does he want to be president. i for one wouldn't miss texas or perry.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 11, 2011 10:59:33 PM

  22. Somehow, being nuts under the guise of religion is still accepted around the world even in the age of iPads, hybrid cars and space travel. Go figure.

    Posted by: Drew | Jun 11, 2011 11:53:32 PM

  23. I bet he'll land the V.P. spot on the 2012 Republican ticket.

    Posted by: Von Lmo | Jun 12, 2011 12:17:15 AM

  24. As a recovering hate addict, I hope we can stop judging him based on his 17th century values. His loss, poor guy. It gets better when he stops fighting us and starts fighting for us! www.h8guide.com

    Posted by: James | Jun 12, 2011 1:07:32 AM

  25. he is a pathetic, pandering, preening popinjay. his political future is limited.

    Posted by: nic | Jun 12, 2011 4:02:00 AM

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