President Obama is not the only politician who has a difficult time sticking to a single position on same-sex marriage (Obama was for it before he was against it before he was for it again). Rick Perry seems to be having trouble figuring out whether the federal government should be involved in the issue or not.
Perry also told host Joe Kernan that he “respects” decisions to legalize same-sex marriage in states like New York. “This conversation has always been about states’ rights on this host of issue” and about rebuking “this idea that Washington should be given total and full ability to make these decisions,” he said.
Of course, when he was running for president, Perry supported the federal government intervening on same-sex marriage, endorsing the Federal Marriage Amendment.But the Texas governor was for the right of states to pass marriage equality laws before he was against it and then for it again.
“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 in July of 2011. “If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”
So in 2011, he was all about states’ rights and keeping the federal government out of it. In 2012, he wanted the federal government to overrule all 50 states and force them not to legalize same-sex marriage. And in 2014, he claims it was all about federalism all along. Perhaps he just forgot what that third thing was again.