Not that he has a chance of winning the state: Texas Gov. Rick Perry burnished his social conservative street cred and "praised" the recent legislative push to repeal marriage equality in New Hampshire, reports the Concord Monitor.
"As conservatives we believe in the sanctity of life. We believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage," Perry said. "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."
As he spoke at the annual banquet for Cornerstone Action, a conservative advocacy group, Perry sought to set himself apart from others in the field as a candidate with an unwavering pro-life background. "For some candidates . . . the issue of life is a slogan for the campaign. It's how to get some votes," he said. "To me it's about an enduring principal that innocent human life should be protected in all forms and at all stages of life."
Perry's remarks come only days after the New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee voted 11-6 to advance marriage equality repeal. The House will debate the bill in 2012.
More than 60 percent of state residents oppose repeal, according to recent polling by the WMUR/UNH Survey Center.