Rick Perry has to go and shatter my dreams. Via TPM:
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R), one of the country’s most prominent defenders of the 10th Amendment, is making an exception when it comes to gay marriage. After initially telling reporters that it’s “fine with me” if states like New York legalize same-sex unions through their own legislature, Perry is pulling a 180 and calling for a Federal Marriage Amendment.
Perry, who is flirting with a presidential bid, clarified his position to Family Research Council president Tony Perkins in an interview.
“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,” he said. “Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn’t changed.”
I’d like to thank Gov. Perry for providing this amusing distraction from my usual activity these days, which is mainly devoted to scouring my house for currency I brought back from trips to other countries, and stuffing it into my mattress. In these times of economic insecurity, it’s comforting to know that some things will always be the same. The sun will rise in the east, the world’s most irritating celebrity will continue to find new ways to rip off Madonna, and GOP politicians will continue to be dragooned into pretending to care about an issue that clearly means nothing to them. Considering current trends, I’m sure a Federal Marriage Amendment will be an even bigger priority under a Perry administration than it was during the Bush II era.