Perry Smacks Obama's Push for Gay Rights Abroad

It's not in US interests, or worth the money
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2011 7:51 AM CST
Perry Smacks Obama's Push for Gay Rights Abroad
Texas Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry is seen prior to the start of the Republican presidential debate on national security November 22, 2011 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Rick Perry was quick to jump on President Obama's decision yesterday to use foreign aid to fight for gay rights, calling it "not in America's interests," ABC News reports. "Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values," this news breaks, Perry complained in a statement. "This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop. Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money."

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Calling it "the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country," Perry bemoaned the "troubling trend" and insisted, "Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many [Americans] of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong." Not surprisingly, the Human Rights Campaign was just as quick to condemn Perry's words, calling his statement "outrageous even by his own standards." Click for more on Obama's decision. (Read more gay rights stories.)

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