ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports:
Texas Governor Rick Perry told the Associated Press today that he does support a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, stripping states of the power to decide who can get married.
“Yes, sir I would. I am for the federal marriage amendment,” Perry told the Associated Press in a phone interview. “And that’s about as sharp a point as I could put on it.”
The topic of gay marriage has become a bit of a stumbling block for Perry in the past week as he’s faced attacks from presidential candidate Rick Santorum over his comments about accepting New York’s gay marriage decision.
Throughout the past week, Perry has made contradicting statements on whether gay marriage should be addressed at the state or federal level, creating confusion over where he stands on the issues. Perry strongly promotes the protections granted to the states by the 10th amendment, but he has flip flopped on whether the 10th amendment should apply to gay marriage.
Despite the buzz over his gay marriage stance, Perry said this election will focus on the economy and jobs, not gay marriage.
"The issue that is most important and most on people's minds is jobs," Perry said. "The candidate that Americans can get excited about, that truly understands that and can deliver that, I think, is a candidate that is really going to excite the imagination and get the juices flowing of the electorate out there.”
Perry told the Associated Press he will make announce a decision on a presidential bid by Labor Day.