After being assailed by some social-conservative groups, potential presidential contender and fierce states-rights advocate Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) reversed his statement last week that he is "fine with" New York's new same-sex marriage law that he called the state's "business."
In an interview with socially conservative Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Perry said he remains opposed to gay marriage and that he should have added "a few words" to clarify the statement.
"I probably needed to add a few words after that 'it's fine with me,' and that it's fine with me that a state is using their sovereign rights to decide an issue," Perry said according to FRC. "Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn't changed."
In Aspen, Colo., last Friday, Perry won applause from a crowd of Republican donors for saying that if New Yorkers support the new law, it's "their call."
"Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex," he said on Friday. "And you know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business."
Perry's reversal is reminiscent of a similar clarification made by declared candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann during the a GOP debate in New Hampshire in June.
Bachmann initially responded to a question about the New York law, saying that she doesn't "see that it's the role of a president to go into states and interfere with their state laws."
But, she added after several other candidates weighed in on the matter, that she also supports a federal law defining marriage. "I do support a constitutional amendment on marriage between a man and a woman, but I would not be going into the states to overturn their state law."
Per FRC, the interview with Perkins was in the works before Perry's comments in Aspen and was planned in order to promote an August 6 prayer event in which both men are slated to participate.
Perkins is a co-chair of "The Response," advertised as a day of fasting and prayer at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Perry's role in the event is less clear, but he confirmed to reporters yesterday that he will attend.
More of the interview will air over the weekend on FRCradio.com.