Audio from Rick Perry’s now-infamous quote about gay marriage and job creation

With all the breaking news around here lately, we just now noticed this little nugget in our Inbox from this morning — audio from Gov. Rick Perry’s now-infamous quote last week concerning same-sex marriage and job creation. In case you missed it, here’s what Perry said, according to the Texas Tribune:

“There is still a land of opportunity, friends — it’s called Texas. 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?”

Stewart Price, who uploaded the YouTube audio clip and sent us the link, apparently caught only the latter part of the quote, and it turns out that Perry actually said, “… or do you live want to live in a state where guys can marry guys?”

Be careful, though, we’ve heard that if you listen to the audio backwards, it will turn you into a closeted Republican.

—  John Wright

Gov. Rick Perry links job creation, gay marriage

We’ve commented here repeatedly about how Texas Republicans — and most notably Gov. Rick Perry — have been largely avoiding LGBT issues so far this election cycle. But obviously Perry hasn’t completely forgotten about same-sex marriage, the issue he rode to re-election in 2006.

The Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey, who followed Perry during a day of campaigning last week, reports that the incumbent is still willing to gay-bait, only now he’s picking his spots — like barbecue restaurants in Temple. Or who knows, maybe Perry has just been saving it all for the stretch run.

In any case, Perry is also keeping his anti-gay rhetoric current, as he’s now linking same-sex marriage to job creation. We’ve bolded Perry’s quotation in this passage from the Tribune:

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?”

So there you have it, folks. If you want to live in a state where a man can marry a man, you’ll have to sacrifice job creation. Never mind those studies showing the economic benefits of legalizing same-sex marriage. If you ask Perry, gays are probably to blame for the recession!

—  John Wright