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Rick Perry Applauds NH Gay Marriage Repeal Attempt

By October 31, 2011

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Republican presidential candidate Rick PerryDays ago, on October 28, Texas Governor Rick Perry filed the necessary paperwork in New Hampshire to enter the 2012 presidential race. Upon his exit he left a parting gift in the form of support for the repeal of New Hampshire's 2009 gay marriage law, along with a conservative agenda that also includes ending funding for birth control and health services for low-income women provided by Planned Parenthood.

Gov. Perry's position on gay rights is no surprise. In fact, he's been quite clear on his policies concerning gay rights. What's astounding is Perry's lack of representation of popular social positions within the state. An October University of New Hampshire poll showed that 62 percent of New Hampshire residents oppose repealing the same-sex marriage law, while only 27 percent support repealing the bill.

Perry is not alone, however. Republicans, who swept to power in both state legislative chambers in 2010 have already introduced a bill to end gay marriage equality in the state.

"I applaud those legislators in New Hampshire who are working to defend marriage as an institution between one man and one woman," Perry said before dropping the conservative lauded s-bomb: the "sanctity of traditional marriage."

Perry along with Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum signed the National Organization for Marriage's anti-gay marriage pledge.

Ultimately, New Hampshire voters will get the final say in their state. A CNN poll last week placed Perry sixth on the Republican candidate list with only 4% approval. Rival Mitt Romney ranked at 40%.
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