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Rick Perry Exits Race and Endorses Gingrich

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Texas governor Rick Perry has exited the presidential race endorsed Newt Gingrich. CNN was the first to report the news.

Recent polling has shown Perry with a meager six percent support in South Carolina, where Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are leading in the polls.

Perry entered the race last August, in large part due to the support of anti-gay groups hoping Perry would advance their extremist agenda. Shortly before announcing his candidacy, Perry hosted a Christian-only day of prayer event, The Response, which was sponsored by leading anti-gay groups including the American Family Association and Lou Engle’s International House of Prayer.

Rick Perry’s anti-gay track record is strong and his departure from the race indicates that mainstream Americans simply do not support his extremist views. He is against marriage equality and hate crimes protections for LGBT Americans, and even made a mockery of gay people, once saying: "Would you rather live in a state like this [Texas], or in a state where a man can marry a man?"

Learn more about Perry’s anti-gay track record.

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