Rick Perry’s Anti-Gay History (HRC)

Rick Perry’s Anti-Gay History

August 15th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Recent statements of Rick Perry, Governor of Texas and presidential candidate, emphasize the anti-gay elements that have permeated this GOP primary season. Perry’s views are largely out-of-step with those of mainstream Americans – including people of faith.

HRC has been tracking Perry and other presidential candidates closely this year. Perry’s remarks at a Christian-only day of prayer, which was paid for by the American Family Association (AFA), epitomize years of anti-gay and even homophobic behavior. Here’s a sampling of Rick Perry’s attacks on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community:

Governor Perry contributes to the spread of dangerous lies about LGBT Americans.

  • Rick Perry’s fellow Texas Republicans voted on a 2010 party platform full of hate and malicious falsehoods about LGBT Americans, saying: “We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases…Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable, alternative lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples.” … MORE