Texas Governor and potential Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry seemed almost reasonable last week when he supported the New York state legislature’s decision to approve gay marriage, touting states’ rights. Perry buttressed his support by invoking the 10th Amendment–the Constitution’s principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution are reserved, respectively, to the states or the people.
“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…If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business,” said Perry last week at a Republican function in Aspen, Co.
However, upon realizing that his decision to back the gay marriage decision could inflame the far-right, foaming loons that make up the inane clown posse in today’s Republican Party by giving the impression that Perry doesn’t hate queers enough, Perry blatantly belied his earlier support for states’ rights by calling for a constitutional amendment overruling New York on gay marriage
So afraid of having an opinion with but a scintilla of Queerdom, Governor Perry had a grand old christian time, cherry picking and manipulating the meaning of the 10th amendment, in an interview with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.
TONY PERKINS I think marriage and family policy is best dealt with at the state level. But the tenth amendment — and I am a strong supporter. I fought the federal government on a number of issues when they were trying to force us to do things. But when you look at what’s happening on marriage, the real fear is that states like New York will change the definition of marriage for Texas. At that point the states rights argument is lost.
GOV. PERRY Right and that is the reason that the federal marriage amendment is being offered, it’s that small group of activist judges, and frankly a small handful, if you will, of states, and liberal special interests groups that intend on a redefinition of, if you will, marriage on the nation, for all of us, which I adamantly oppose. Indeed to not pass the federal marriage amendment would impinge on Texas, and other states not to have marriage forced upon us by these activist judges and special interest groups.
Curiously enough, Perry now only supports the 10th Amendment and states acting on their own behalf if the issue affects neighboring states. In this view, a state’s drinking age, gambling laws, agricultural policies, and drug laws have an virtually “no” impact on neighboring states, but those issues don’t necessarily annoy his political benefactors. In other wards, gays are bad around presidential election season, everything else is just fine and dandy.
In his insatiable thirst for power and willingness to do and say anything to appease the far-right, Perry also overlooked the glaring fact that it was New York’s legislature that passed the gay marriage bill, not activist judges. Worse yet, Perry’s complete and utter lack of an elementary understanding of gay marriage overlooked the fact that gay marriage in every state includes more straight people than gay people. Thus, it is totally fallacious to refer to it as a ‘special interest’ (one of those dirty hippie things).
Much like with Newt Gingrich and nuptials, Governor Perry has shown himself to have positively no credibility on 10th amendment issues. If he has a modicum of humility (he’s a Governor from Texas and a conservative republican so he doesn’t), he would stay as far away from issues pertaining to federalism as he does with books pertaining to reason and historical facts.