Rick Perry endorsed efforts to repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law on Friday, during an awkward and uncomfortable address to the anti-gay group Cornerstone Action. “As conservatives we believe in the sanctity of life. We believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage,” Perry was quoted as saying. “And I applaud those legislators in New Hampshire who are working to defend marriage as an institution between one man and one woman, realizing that children need to be raised in a loving home by a mother and a father.” Watch some moments from the speech:
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve a measure that would eliminate the law and enact civil unions. The full House is expected to take up the issue in January, despite overwhelming public opposition to repeal.
Cornerstone is leading the charge against marriage equality and is closely linked to anti-gay groups like the Alliance Defense Fund, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the National Organization for Marriage. The group has also “endorsed discredited ‘ex-gay’ therapy groups such as Exodus International, Love Won Out, PFOX, and the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).”