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Rick Perry makes gay jokes about former presidential rivals

Rick Perry makes gay jokes about former presidential rivals

Texas Gov. Rick Perry seems to have developed a sense of hunor about homosexuality now that he is no longer a contender for the Republican nomination for president.

During an appearance over the weekend at the Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner in Washington DC, Perry directed some jokes towards his former rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum who he said are part of 'the weakest Republican field in history' which he acknowledged still managed to 'kick my butt.'

Perry made fun of Santorum's infamous interview in 2003 in which he compared homosexuality to bestiality with his own comparison: he said his college degree in animal husbandry is 'what Rick Santorum thinks gay marriage leads to.'

Of Romney Perry joked: 'I like Mitt Romney as much as one really good-looking man can like a really good-looking man and not break Texas law.'

Perry's joke seemed to refer to the Texas anti-sodomy law as if it were still in effect. The landmark Lawrence v. Texas case was decided in 2003 by the US Supreme Court which struck down the Texas law and similar laws in 13 other states.

Even though Perry was governor at the time of the ruling, during a campaign stop last December, he famously drew a blank when he was asked about it. This despite having referenced Lawrence v. Texas in his book Fed Up! in 2010.

It was these types of gaffes that were said to be most responsible for Perry going from being a well-funded front-runner to the back of the pack. He dropped out of the presidential race on Jan. 19.

When he was vying for the Republican presidential nomination,  Perry was vocal in his opposition to gay marriage and gays serving in the military.

A television ad he put out in early December (see video below) was particularly upsetting to many LGBT activists. In it he said: 'You have to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.'