Your GOP Primary Guide
BY Michelle Garcia
January 10 2012 4:00 AM ET
Texas governor Rick Perry
Public Policy Polling as of January 8: 1%
On Marriage Equality:
Perry signed pledges from Family Leader and the National Organization for Marriage, in which he promised to enact an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage.
On Gays' Adoption and Custody Rights:
Perry advocated a federal marriage amendment, which could also prohibit gay couples from adopting children. “But until [the Federal Marriage Amendment] does pass, as in the state of Texas, a gay couple cannot adopt a child in the state of Texas, so the states have the ability again until there is a federal marriage amendment that clearly states that marriage is between one man and one woman and in that as well you cannot adopt a child unless it is one man and one woman," he said in November, according to OnTopMag.com.
On "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal:
His infamous Iowa ad, "Strong," features him questioning why soldiers can serve openly in the military while children “can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." When confronted by bisexual teenager Rebecka Green, Perry said his stance on gay people in the military was based on his religious beliefs: “I don’t agree that openly gays should be serving in the military. ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ was working, and my position is just like I told a guy yesterday. He said, ‘How would you feel if one of your children was gay?’ I said I’d feel the same way. I hate the sin, but I love the sinner, but having them openly serve in the military, I happen to think as a commander in chief of some 20,000-plus people in the military, is not good public policy, and this president was forced by his base to change that policy, and I don’t think it was good policy, and I don’t think people in the military thought it was good policy.”
On Bullying in Schools:
As Texas governor Perry has signed legislation that requires schools to prohibit bullying.
On International Gay Rights and Hillary Clinton's U.N. Address:
In response to Secretary of State Clinton's address to the world on global gay rights, Perry said in a statement, "“Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights.” He said the Obama administration is making “war on traditional American values” and on “people of faith” by “promoting a lifestyle” they find “deeply objectionable.”