Texas Governor Rick Perry, known widely for his want of Texas to secede from the United States, is on the campaign trail. In 2006, Perry successfully used fear mongering about “gays” as a tactic to become governor… again. Perry has a long history of anti-gay bigotry, including being a member of the staunchly anti-equality, pro-imprison gays, Texas Republican Party; however, even he may have sunk to a new low in a recent interview with the Tribune as a reason to move to 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?
While there is no doubt that job growth is happening in Texas, it’s certainly not a phenomena exclusive to states that actively discriminate against its citizens. In fact, Massachusetts, the very first state in the Union to introduce legislation that provides for marriage equality, has an economy that is expected to expand by 6.3 percent, generating 216,650 net new jobs by 2016. Of course, facts don’t matter to Governor Perry – Gay Baiting does.
NOTE: For more of the column, Stupid Things People Say About Gays, click here.