On the lunch menu at Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign appearance at a Texarkana barbecue joint: Jobs, jobs and same-sex marriage.
The friendly crowd at Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q ate it up. Later on, someone in the audience who wanted to know if the governor of Texas wants to be the next president of the United States. "No," Perry said. "I have no intention to go to Washington, D.C., except maybe to go to a museum, like the Smithsonian." Social issues might be in the back seat, but they're still in the car: "There is still a land of opportunity, friends — it's called Texas," Perry said. "We're creating more jobs than any other state in the nation. ... Would you rather live in a state like this, or in a state where a man can marry a man?"
Some data per the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics: In July, the largest non-farm job increases were reported in, among other states, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, where marriage equality is the law. Iowa, New Hampshire and Vermont, where marriage equality is also legal, boast unemployment rates almost one-third less than Texas.