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Republican politician Rick Perry was elected governor of Texas in 2000, and ran for the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential race.
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Perry promotes himself as a social conservative. He supported a successful Texas Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2005. He also signed both parental notification and parental consent legislation for pregnant minors seeking abortions. In 2003, Perry signed the Prenatal Protection Act,
which explicitly included fetuses in its definition of human life. Perry is also strongly against embryonic stem cell research. Perry came to national attention through the Tea Party's support of his socially conservative views, which came to light with his promotion of "The Response USA," an Evangelical Christian prayer rally he co-sponsored in 2011 in partnership with the American Family Association.
Perry grew up in the Methodist church, and he and his family had been members of Tarrytown United Methodist Church since the 1990s, the same church that President George W. Bush attended in Austin. In 1982, Perry married Anita Thigpen, his childhood sweetheart whom he had known since elementary school. They have two grown children, Griffin and Sydney.
Rick Perry has written two books: On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For (2008) and Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington (2010).
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