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Even though he calls himself an “unapologetic social conservative,” Texas Governor Rick Perry and possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, says he’s so dedicated to states’ rights that the state of New York’s approval of gay marriage is fine by him.

Perry opposes same-sex marriage, but said that the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives power not afforded to the federal government to state governments, is more important than his personal beliefs, according to the internet news site The Daily Caller.

“Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me,” Perry told top Republican donors in at an event in Colorado.

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