Facing Criticism, Perry Steps Back on Gay Marriage, States' Rights

Gov. Rick Perry, taking flak from social conservatives and a potential rival in the GOP presidential contest, took a step back from his laissez-faire approach to New York’s gay marriage law on Thursday.

In now-famous remarks in Aspen last week, Perry said he had no problem with New York passing a law legalizing same sex marriages.

“Our friends in New York, six weeks ago, passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex,” Perry said. “Well you know what, that’s New York and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me.” The ...

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