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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Signs Anti-Gay-Marriage Pledge?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed the National Organization for Marriage’s pledge to oppose gay marriage.

The Associated Press reports:

Rick Perry has signed a pledge to back a federal constitutional amendment against gay marriage ? a reversal from a month ago when the Texas governor said he so supported individual states’ rights that he was fine with New York’s approval of same-sex marriage.

The pledge by the National Organization for Marriage states that, if elected, Perry will send a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification, and appoint U.S. Supreme Court and federal judges who will “reject the idea our Founding Fathers inserted a right to gay marriage into our Constitution.”

Others vying for the Republican presidential nomination, including Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, have also signed it, according to Brian Brown, president of Washington-based National Organization for Marriage, which campaigns against same-sex marriage.

While far from a surprise, Perry’s decision raised some eyebrows because it appears to contradict his previous position that this is an issue that should be left up to individual legislatures.

Perry won applause at a Republican conference in Colorado on July 22 when he said of New York’s same-sex marriage law, “that’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me.”

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