Rick Perry: Marriage-Equality Supporters Are “Silencing The Religious In The Cause Of Tolerance”

rick perryThere have been demonstrations in support of same-sex marriage all over the country, but our opponents have been massing the troops as well: Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke to about 200 people in Austin, where he attacked same-sex marriage and efforts to ensure civil rights for the LGBT community.

“This is a very unsettling time in our nation’s history,” said the former presidential candidate. “These are the days when a person is vilified when they state that they believe fundamentally that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

The protest was organized by Texas Values, which opposes premarital sex, no-fault divorce, comprehensive sex education and, one can only imagine, fluoride in the drinking water.

Perry, who masterminded Texas’ constitutional ban on marriage equality claimed the Supreme Court was determining whether or not to “trump the votes of our citizens and state capitols to again judiciously legislate morality.”

The AP reports:

“The underlying problem is that there is this very vocal, very litigious minority of Americans willing to legally attack anybody who dares utter a phrase or even a name that they don’t agree with,” Perry said. “In a twisting of logic, they insist on silencing the religious in the cause of tolerance. Now I ask you, where is the tolerance in that?”

Religious politicians should be allowed to rely on their faith when determining the country’s laws, he added.

Okay, so lawmakers and judges shouldn’t decide morality—unless it lines up with his version of biblical morality. Got it!