In an exclusive interview with CBN News, Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's "comfortable" with his fierce support of states rights and his desire to amend the constitution.
He supports three constitutional amendments regarding marriage, abortion, and a balanced budget.
Watch his comments, transcript follows.
Gov. Rick Perry: I'm very comfortable with that. Um, if there are issues that are so important to the nation like traditional marriage which I agree, this is a very important issue. It's part of the fabric of America to support traditional marriage and that being between one man and one woman.
I led the charge back in the mid-2000s in Texas when we passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, passed by 75 percent, that's rather overwhelming. But I do respect a state's right to have a different opinion and take a different tact if you will, California did that.
I respect that right, but our Founding Fathers also said, 'Listen, if you all in the future think things are so important that you need to change the constitution here's the way you do it'. It takes three quarters of the states deciding that this is important, it goes forward and it becomes an amendment to the United States Constitution.
I support that for issues that are so important, I think, to the soul of this country and to the traditional values which our Founding Fathers, on the issue of traditional marriage I support the federal marriage amendment.
And I also support the same with the issue of abortion, and I also support that same process for a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution so Washington will finally get the message of 'hey, quit spending all the money and quit mortgaging our kids future'.
So, those are not incompatible, they're actually what our Founding Fathers meant for this country to do. There were a few things, enumerated powers in the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment says that the powers not delegated to the United States nor prohibited to it by the state are reserved for the states respectively or to the people.
It's so eloquent, it's so simple. The federal government was created by the states to be an agent for the states not the other way around and we've really gotten away from that. I suggest, and I hope that we can have this kind of lengthy conversation over the next 17, 18 months that wouldn't America be stronger economically if we removed all those strings that have been attached to everything.
Things like, whether it's our EPA regulations, or whether it's the way we deliver health care or what the heck business is it of federal government to tell us how to educate our kids. Remove all these strings and really let these states go out there and be laboratories of innovation.