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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Backs Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Perhaps hoping to appeal to conservatives as he gears up for a possible presidential run, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has come out in support of a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.

"Yes, sir, I would. I am for the federal marriage amendment," he said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press over the weekend. "And that's about as sharp a point as I could put on it."

This is a bit of an odd statement because in the same breath, Perry said social issues should be decided by individual states, even saying that New York's recent passage of gay marriage was "that state's business." However a constitutional amendment on marriage would take that power away from the states.

In a nod to Christian conservatives, Perry appears to be in favor of teaching creationism in schools alongside of evolution. He appointed a biology teacher who questions evolution as chairwoman of the Texas State Board of Education, and she is looking at ways to get creationism into the schools.

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"There are clear indications from our people who have amazing intellectual capability that this didn't happen by accident and a creator put this in place," Perry said.

"Now, what was his time frame and how did he create the earth that we know? I'm not going to tell you that I've got the answers to that," Perry said. "I believe that we were created by this all-powerful supreme being and how we got to today versus what we look like thousands of years ago, I think there's enough holes in the theory of evolution to, you know, say there are some holes in that theory."

Perry said such social issues would take a backseat to our economic problems if he decides to run for president.

"The issue that is most important and most on people's minds is jobs," Perry said.

Perry said he has created jobs in Texas, something President Obama has failed to do.

"I think we poured about $4 trillion down that rat hole and government has not created a job," he said.