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    “If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”

    “If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”

    That’s Rick Perry’s position on the NY same-sex marriage law:

    Perry, who is considering running for president, at a forum in Colorado on Friday called himself an “unapologetic social conservative” and said he opposes gay marriage — but that he’s also a firm believer in the 10th Amendment, the Associated Press reported.

    “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,” he said to applause from several hundred GOP donors in Aspen, the AP reported.

    “That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”

    In response to which Rick Santorum tweeted:

    Haven’t we had this discussion before?

    What does it mean for the likely Perry candidacy?  To me, it’s a plus, a reflection of the libertarian streak (to a point) in the Tea Party movement. 

    A conservative with a dash of libertarian.  Sounds like someone I know.


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    Mutnodjmet | July 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Any candidate who will permit himself/herself to be distracted by social issues should not be allowed to carry the banner into the 2012 race. It’s the economy, stupid — with a heaping side of Obama.

      WarEagle82 in reply to Mutnodjmet. | July 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      I have never quite understood such statements. Social “progressives” have to implement big government to advance their agenda.

      Social conservatives or libertarians should reject “socially progressive” agendas and be proponents of small, fiscally responsible government.

      The only reason people are advocates of “big government” is to implement “socially progressive agendas.” Social issues matter.

    obpopulus | July 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Governor Perry is trying to have it both ways by hiding behind the Tenth Amendment, basically he is against it but for it in the same breath. My opinion, cowardice and a strike against someone who seeks to be president.

    Does anyone really think Ronaldus Magnus – as Rush Limbaugh puts it – would take such a position. Greatness requires courage. Governor Perry is showing no courage on this issue.

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