Texas governor and person-who-will-very-likely-unseat-Mitt-Romney-in-the-driver's-seat-of-the-GOP-clown-car Rick Perry shocked the world last week when he made a blatantly reasonable and and non-bigoted statement regarding New York's recent decision to legalize gay marriage…
“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. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business,” Perry said at an event held by the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colo., on Friday.
Obviously, this set off a firestorm of religious conservatives accusing Perry of measured tolerance and thoughtful statesmanship. Which is to say, putting his as-yet-unannounced presidential campaign in extreme jeopardy!
So, today, Perry sought council with the de facto head of American Christendom and put an end to all such ugly rumors…
"I probably needed to add a few words after that 'it's fine with me,'" Perry admitted to [Family Research Council President Tony] Perkins Thursday.
And he repeated his commitment to the 10th amendment as well as his conviction that marriage should be between a man and a woman. "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."
Oh, I see! Two gay dudes getting married is fine with Perry, however two gay dudes getting married is definitely not fine with him. Subtle distinction, but I get it.
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