Defenseon saidUnfortunately for him and fortunately for us - gay rights are an issue that the GOP is going to have start at least acknowledge are not going to go away. There's no way he'll get the nomination to run.
No way Perry gets nominated? Three of our last 9 presidents were from Texas: LBJ, Bush41, Bush43. In 5 of our last 9 presidential elections, one of the candidates was from Texas: LBJ (once), Bush41 (twice), Bush43 (twice.)
Over the last 30 years, the gap between rich and poor has grown, and continues to grow. However, the wealthy are a minority, and would lose elections on economic issues alone.
Enter the non-economic "wedge" issues. For a long time it was race, with the "Willy Horton" ad the ugliest, but most effective sales pitch to make the average voter to forget about economic issues.
The right wing fringe has taken over the Republican party, and they have a new wedge issue: us. The backlash against gay rights will be at least equal in magnitude to the gains which we have recently made. In response to expected anti-gay propaganda, homophobic Americans, motivated by fear, will have high voting participation rates. It's going to be very ugly.
It's best to prepare for the backlash now, and demonstrate that the typical gay is not somebody in drag at a Pride Parade. And not just Pride Parades, think Folsom Street Fair.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.