Rick Perry Blasts Obama Over Memo on Gay Rights and Foreign Aid

Rick Perry has issued a statement attacking the Obama administration over the memorandum issued earlier today directing the heads of Executive Departments and Agencies abroad to advance the human rights of and ensure the safety of LGBT people.

PerrySaid Perry in the statement:

Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights.

This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop.

I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America’s national security interests. Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.

But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea. This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.

President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.

Obama Directs International Agencies to Ensure Rights and Protection of LGBT People Abroad [tr]


  1. Frank Butterfield says

    We in Texas are really hoping he gets the nomination because, then, by state law, he has to resign as Governor! Woo hoo! That’s, in fact, how he became Governor Goodhair in the first place.

  2. FernLaPlante says

    I never understand this GOP party line about “traditional marriage” when so many of them are adulterers.

  3. Dan E says

    So the right not to be imprisoned or put to death for your sexual orientation is a “special right.”

    Who knew?

  4. Artie says

    Rick Perry didn’t seem too averse to gay sex in 2004 when his wife, Anita, caught him in flagrante delicto with his former Texas Secretary of State, Geoff Connor (as reported by the Austin Chronicle). Yes, Geoff Connor is a man. And Anita Perry has a really big mouth, so everyone in her office knew about this the next day when she was screaming at Rick Perry on the phone about it, threatening divorce, etc. Half the state of Texas knew about it shortly thereafter.

    Could Rick Perry please STFU about Jesus worship? Could he please do that sometime real soon? Pretty please with rent boys on it? Or does someone have to out him?

  5. Jakrabt says

    We already know the Religious Right hates gay people so why would anyone heed the bigoted opinion of someone from that group? Rick Perry’s problem is that he cannot think outside of Rick Perry’s ‘Box’.

  6. K in VA says

    We’re getting closer and closer to the day when gay-bashing no longer works as a GOP GOTV technique.

    Come that day, who will they turn on next?

  7. Jeff says

    I wanna buy this guy a one-way ticket to chop-chop square in Riyadh. Granted, he wouldn’t be much different minus his tongue and brain, but at least he’d be quieter.

  8. Larry says

    I think it’s Rick Perry who is out of touch with America’s values. I think if you asked Americans whether gay people should have equal rights of protection from being killed, most would agree. But as long as the Repubs want to push this agenda, the better it is for Obama’s re-election.

  9. Craig says

    Frank, no he doesn’t have to resign if he gets the nomination. George Bush got the nomination and ran. He didn’t resign until December after he was selected by the Supreme Court. Moreover, Lite Guv David Dewhurst isn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the room (though on balance he’d be an improvement), but Dewhurst serves as acting Governor anyway anytime Perry sets foot outside the state.

    And thanks for posting that Artie. Saves me the trouble of doing so, though the knowledge of Perry’s affair hardly reached half the state. You ask people here knowledges seemed to be limited to the LGBT community, anyone with a pulse in the Austin area, most of Haskell County and the politically attentive in the major metro areas. Outside of that, people here don’t know. If they did, we’d likely have Carole Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn, aka Carole of the 4 names. as governor, because to most Texans it is better to have a woman whose had three husbands than a closeted man that has a male lover.

  10. Craig says

    Yes Perry, because “Americas of faith” believe people should be murdered because of the way they are born. Sad commentary on “christianity.”

  11. HadenoughBS says

    Yep, many of us Texans are glad the rest of America gets to experience first-hand the absolute BS our perfectly-quaffed Gov spews about us here in the Lone Star State. This man is such a loser (as are many Texas GOPers). He can’t become an endangered political species soon enough. The day he’s no longer causing Rethuggie havoc in Austin will be a great day for GLBT Texans!

  12. Patrick Wellington III says

    That was the most vile and outrageous thing any presidential candidate has ever said in my recollection. He actually just said that homosexuals are not approved of by the American government.

  13. jason says

    Oh, Ricky, I love your hair, Ricky. I’ve heard that you’re into men, Ricky. Darling, Ricky, ravish my apple breast.

  14. anon says

    The funny thing is that he’s essentially arguing with himself. His pandering is particularly obvious given its highly religious slant. However, evangelicals have been calling for protection of religious minorities tied to US foreign aid for years and years. He’s essentially tossed them overboard. Oops.

  15. PRCM says

    perhaps most interesting from a man who happens to be sporting a decidedly lagerfeld-ian collar on that there shirt.

  16. Christian says

    I hate Rick Perry. I’m so glad my prediction of him getting the GOP nomination (seems) incorrect. That is all.

  17. SFshawn says

    Just when you thought Rick Fairy couldn’t get any more out of touch with American values he opens his ignorant mouth and demonstrates that YES he can be more out of touch? Stay in the closet and STFU.

  18. Jeff H says

    “But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea.”

    WTF! Now we are a national security risk?! Is this man possessed by the spirit of McCarthy?!

  19. jack says

    Being Gay is one of many great traditional american values. I am a 73 year old gay man and as american as you can get. At 17 i joined the United States Navy and served honorably as a radar operato on a Destroyer. Then i went to college, got a BA and a few years later an MA. I taught high school social studies for 35 years. I have voted in most elections (usually democrat), served on jury duty, paid my taxes and have never been in trouble with the law. I now do some volunteer work at an LGBT community center. If this sounds like i am patting myself on the back, i only say it to tell the bigots and homophobes that we gay people are a traditional american value.

  20. says

    Mr Perry lives in a world where the only voices he hears are the ones in his head, I don’t think the majority of Americans think that discrimination is national attitude that should be tolerated in our own country or others.

  21. miles says

    Rich Perry is a senile old man because he forgets lots of things..Thank god he will not make the gop candidate..I will never vote for him..

  22. Chuck says

    The only “zero” in Perry’s equation will be his chance of getting the GOP’s Presidential nomination (or VP, unless Mitt’s desperate.)

    After his poor showing in the GOP “Debates,” Perry will be lucky to be re-elected Governor of TX…..or maybe not (sad to say.)

  23. Pamsi says

    Sad that pro-gay activists are convincing the world there’s something like “born that way”! Please read some more; the research was based on warped findings. Yes! Call him all the names and absurdities, Perry is right on this one, his failures not withstanding.