Rick Perry on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Sep 12, 2011


Governor Perry believes that marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. He supports state-wide legislation to define marriage, but believes that marriage is a state's rights issue and should not be addressed on that national level.

In June of 2005, Governor Perry signed a Texas constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The measure would require voter approval. When this law passed the legislature, Governor Perry also stated that the quiet majority understand that families are the building blocks of civilization and recognize that marriage must be defended because it is the glue that binds the very fabric of society. When that law was ruled unconstitutional, Governor Perry called the decision flawed.

In July of 2011, the state of New York made gay marriage legal. Governor Perry responded to this move by stating that he believed that marriage was a state issue and that New York was within their rights to establish whatever relative laws they saw fit.


Constitutional Amendment

In June of 2005, Governor Perry signed an amendment to the Texas constitution that would define marriage as between one man and one woman, if the measure is approved by voters. The Governor's office issued a press release about the signing.


Hailing Marriage Law

In June of 2005, Governor Perry hailed the passage of the marriage legislation in a speech noting significant legislation in Texas.


Response to Ruling

In October of 2009 a Dallas judge ruled that the 2005 legislation passed by Texas and hailed by Governor Perry was unconstitutional. Governor Perry responded to that ruling by issuing the press statement below.


Gay Marriage is a State's Rights Issue

On July 23, 2011 Governor Perry was speaking at a GOP event in Colorado and stated that while he opposed gay marriage personally, he believed that the matter was one that should remain at the state level.


Statements on campaign website



[1] Website: Yahoo.com Article: Gov. Perry: Gay marriage is states' rights issue Author: IVAN MORENO Accessed on: 07/23/2011

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