“States do not have the right to destroy the American family. It is our business,’’ he said. “It is not fine with me that New York has destroyed marriage. It is not fine with me that New York is setting a template that will cause great division in this country.”What Perry said is very simple: He's against it gay marriage, but it's not up to the federal government. It is a decision that should be left to the individual states. I think Perry would be wise to not back down on this because he is 100% correct, and if his critics slowed down for a minute and took a deep breath they'd reach the same conclusion. Conservatives are not gonna vote for Obama because Perry is a 10th Amendment advocate, and Perry would likely pick up a lot of support from the gay community. (It strikes me that Perry is the sole "libertarian" running who stands a chance on either ticket. Democrats insist on forcing gay marriage on a national level, while other Republicans insist on making a national law against it.)
If Santorum keeps the attacks up, Perry should says one thing: Bashing gays doesn't create jobs. That's really all he needs to say. He should say the same thing with all of the other campaign distractions headed his way over the next year.