Gov. Rick Perry committed the nearly unforgivable sin among wingnuts by making an almost sane statement on marriage equality when he said last week that he had no problem with New York allowing same-sex marriage because it’s an issue each state should decide. Now he is quickly backing away from the abyss of sanity and fleeing back to Wingnuttia as quickly as he can.
Perry, 61, said social issues should be decided state by state and even remarked that New York’s passage of gay marriage law was that state’s business. Still, he said he would support a constitutional amendment that takes away the power of the states to decide who can get married.
“Yes, sir, I would. I am for the federal marriage amendment,” he said. “And that’s about as sharp a point as I could put on it.”
Which completely contradicts what he said last week, of course. But if it keeps him in the good graces of the bigots, that’s all that really matters to him.
What’s funny about this is how often it has happened among the Republican candidates so far. Mitt Romney almost came out and admitted that human beings have something to do with global climate change a couple months ago and the wingnuts went crazy, so he had to quickly walk it back and say that he doesn’t think the EPA should regulate greenhouse gases at all. If you dare to say something even in the neighborhood of being sane, you could cost yourself the Republican nomination in 2012.