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Rick Perry Continues Anti-LGBT Rhetoric

Texas Governor Rick Perry continued his anti-LGBT rhetoric in a speech this weekend before the Republican Leadership Conference. Perry told the crowd he was disappointed to see GOP presidential candidates shrinking away from social issues like abortion and marriage equality:

“When it comes to conservative social issues, it saddens me when sometimes my fellow Republicans duck and cover under pressure from the left.  Let's speak with pride about our morals and our values and redouble our efforts to elect more conservative Republicans. Let's stop this downward American spiral."

Perry’s remarks come as speculation grows over whether he’ll enter the 2012 GOP primary. An article in today’s Wall Street Journal says Perry will make a decision in July – weeks ahead of his August 6 day of prayer with anti-LGBT groups like the American Family Association and Lou Engle’s TheCall.

Perry’s rhetoric and partnerships with these fringe groups is well beyond the bounds of the mainstream. A Gallup poll last month found that, for the first time ever, a majority of Americans supported full marriage equality. HRC polling has found that a majority also oppose the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and that an astounding 86 percent of Christians say their faith leads them to believe that all people – including LGBT Americans – should be treated equally under the law.

We’ll continue to track Perry as he ramps up his rhetoric in advance of his August 6 “Response.” So far, only two governors have accepted his invitation to attend – Kansas’ Sam Brownback and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal. Act now and tell your governor not to recognize Perry’s August 6 event.

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