Setting The Record Straight: 'Gay Marriage Is Not Fine With Me,' Rick Perry Says

It's not fine with us either...

Dallas Morning News
Gov. Rick Perry made headlines last week when he said of New York's new same-sex marriage law, "That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me."

Though his comment, made to Republican donors in Aspen, Colo., was intended to express his ardent support for states' rights -- and not gay marriage -- it irked more than a few conservative Christian groups, who think of Perry as one of their own.

"Perry is basically saying anything goes for each state," wrote David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network

While most evangelical Christians believe strongly in states' rights, Brody added, many of them believe even more strongly that there ought to be a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Brody wrote that being "a pure state's rights guy" could "become problematic" for Perry if he runs for president. "His stance will open up a can of constitutional worms."

Politico reports that the governor is now "revising and extending" his Aspen remarks.

He told Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a religiously based organization that promotes traditional marriage and family:

"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."