CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – While campaigning during this week’s Iowa Caucuses, GOP presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry admitted that he didn’t know about the Supreme Court case, Lawrence v. Texas, a case that was decided while he was governor and struck down the state’s anti-sodomy law.
According to ABC News, a voter at a meet and greet asked Perry to defend his criticism of limited government in the case.
“I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case. I don’t. I’m not even going to try to go through every Supreme Court case, that would be — I’m not a lawyer,” “We can sit here and you know play I gotcha questions on what about this Supreme Court case or whatever,” said Perry who trailed at 5th in the caucus.
In 2003, the Supreme Court deemed Texas’ anti-sodomy law to be unconstitutional in a 6-3 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, and the case nullified anti-sodomy laws in 13 other states at the same time. Perry, a strong opponent of gay marriage and the ability of homosexuals to serve openly in the military, served as governor when this case was decided.
When told that the Supreme Court case struck down the Texas sodomy law, Perry said, “My position on traditional marriage is clear and I don’t know need a law. I don’t need a federal law case to explain it to me.” The Texas governor referenced Lawrence v. Texas in his 2010 book “Fed Up!,” calling it one of the court cases in which “Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes.”