Rick Perry is not ready for prime time.
Rick Perry is no legal scholar, and he’ll be the first one to tell you.
“I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case. I don’t. I’m not a lawyer,” Perry said on Thursday in response to an audience question about Lawrence v. Texas, a landmark 2003 Supreme Court case cheered by gay rights advocates because it struck down sodomy laws in Texas and invalidated them in other states across the country. The case began shortly before Perry became Texas’ lieutenant governor and was heard and decided by the Supreme Court after he had become governor.
He clarified to a reporter after the event that he didn’t know what the case was. “I’m not taking the bar exam,” he said. In his book, Fed Up!, Perry slammed the decision, citing it among a handful of big cases in which “Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes.”