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Rick Perry Signs NOM Pledge Opposing Same-Sex Marriage


Rick Perry has joined Michele Bachmann (above), Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney in signing an anti-gay marriage pledge drawn up by the National Organization for Marriage.

Perry In signing the pledge candidates promise to:

Support and send to the states a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman; Defend DOMA in court; Appoint judges and an attorney general who will respect the original meaning of the Constitution; Appoint a presidential commission to investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters; Support legislation that would return to the people of D.C. their right to vote for marriage.

NOM President Brian Brown issued the following statement:

"Kudos to Gov. Rick Perry for making it clear: he's a marriage champion! The purpose of NOM's Marriage Pledge is to move from vague values statements to concrete actions to protect marriage. Gov. Perry joins Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as a signer of NOM Marriage Pledge.  By doing so, Perry makes crystal clear that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, gay marriage is going to be a bigger issue in 2012 than it was in 2008, because the difference between the GOP nominee and Pres. Obama is going to be large and clear.  We look forward to demonstrating that being for marriage is a winning position for a presidential candidate."

The AP notes: "Perry had said that though he doesn't support gay marriage personally, it is a states' rights issue. He even suggested New York's decision to legalize it was therefore fine with him."

Perry later told hate group leader Tony Perkins: “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.”

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  1. It's very disappointing that Perry would sign this, but I was fairly certain he would sign it. If he is elected, I hope he will just ignore it. After all, he is a duplicitous politician.

    @Rob, Perry has NOT been divorced. He is still married to his only wife, though rumors of infidelity (with both sexes) have floated around for years.

    Posted by: Abel | Aug 27, 2011 12:20:01 AM

  2. This jerk is too gross to even look at. I wanna puke.

    Posted by: Akira | Aug 27, 2011 9:18:26 AM

  3. Dan Savage, it's time to take action on this one!

    Posted by: John | Aug 27, 2011 10:02:21 AM

  4. I would love to see a photo of the pledge card with Perry's signature like the one in this post showing Bachmann's. It would be great to re-post on facebook to demonstrate clearly to my relatives why this man, like Romney, is unfit for president and that they shouldn't even try talking to me about him.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Aug 27, 2011 1:04:45 PM

  5. Surely the remains of the national press will not let the Republican frontrunner dodge gay rumors forever.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 27, 2011 5:48:43 PM

  6. Everytime God thinks about someone who tries to use homophobia as a political litmus test all the angels crack up.

    It's such a losing position...

    All would be fine, except the laughter in heaven has now gotten so uproarious it's damaging the Washington Monument!


    Posted by: mark | Aug 27, 2011 6:01:47 PM

  7. The problem with the whole only men and women can conceive and that is what the bible says is that in America we have freedom of religion . One of the fundamental principles of this country, yet laws are passed based on god. I am a religious person but one has to remember freedom of religion and the freedom to not even have a religion.

    Posted by: katy perry | Jan 12, 2012 10:03:52 PM

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