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Perry Draws a Blank on Lawrence v. Texas

Perry Draws a Blank on Lawrence v. Texas

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A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay rights from 2003, involving a case out of Texas? That state's governor, Rick Perry, who wants to be president, says he hasn't heard of it.

Perry was asked about Lawrence v. Texas, the ruling that struck down sodomy laws in the U.S., at a campaign appearance today in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the National Journal reports. "I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case," Perry said. "I don't. I'm not a lawyer."

He told a reporter afterward that he didn't know what the case was, even though it began while he was lieutenant governor of Texas and the Supreme Court ruling came after he became governor. He did, however, cite Lawrence v. Texas in his 2010 book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, as an example of a case from Texas that has gone to the Supreme Court, the Journal reports.

After being asked about the case, Perry called the inquiry an "I gotcha" question and changed the subject to federal government spending. He did, though, emphasize the need for appointing "strict constructionist" justices to the high court. He also described himself as consistently "pro-traditional marriage," claiming that was one of his differences with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, one of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.