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Texas governor takes same-sex marriage on the campaign trail
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is now seeking his third term in office, has been rumored as a possible Republican 2012 presidential contender. Maybe not.
When questioned by an event participant about his political aspirations in 2012, Perry flatly answered that he has “no intention to go to Washington, D.C., except maybe to go to a museum, like the Smithsonian,” according to a report by The Texas Tribune.
“There is still a land of opportunity, friends — it’s called Texas. We’re creating more jobs than any other state in the nation. … Would you rather live in a state like this, or in state where a man can marry a man?”
As Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic points out, Perry most likely had states like California and Massachusetts in mind when he made the comment, but the statement can also apply to Iowa. While Ambinder sees this more evidence that Perry is likely not running in 2012, such statements would likely bolster Perry more than hurt him in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation contests.
“The state Supreme Court justices who are up for re-election this year are facing blow-back because of their decision, but in general, Iowans seem to be less concerned about the issue than they once were,” wrote Ambinder.
In general, this appears to be the case. Iowans, just like other Americans, are very interested in kitchen table issues — the economy, flood recovery and jobs. Unlike other states, however, Iowa has several key politicians with significant social conservative followings who are willing to risk each and every race this November on the back of one issue: ending same-sex marriage. The rhetoric associated with meeting that goal has even out-surpassed the “pro-life” movement in the state.
In fact, more than a year ago, it was U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, who told anti-abortion activists in Cedar Rapids that if they “don’t save marriage, we can’t remain pro-life.” Even during his ending battle cry where he called for “the faithful” to take back everything from culture to journalism, King noted perceived differences between “traditional” families and “other” families.
“You are the people who are raising your children right, with good values — values of life and marriage and Constitution and faithful values to govern,” he said. “That’s what makes the difference. If we are ever to win this in our time … we need to do those things we can do that are transformational.”