Rick Perry on Thursday appeared oblivious to a landmark gay civil rights case he opposed, TalkingPointsMemo.com reported.

At a town hall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Texas Governor Perry was asked how he defends his criticism of limited government in the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, which declared the state's anti-sodomy statute unconstitutional. The landmark case effectively decriminalized gay sex in America.

“We have a federal government that is out of control from the standpoint of spending,” Perry answered, “and I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case. I don't. I'm not even going to try to go through every Supreme Court case. I'm not a lawyer but here's what I do know, I know they're spending too much money in Washington, D.C.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

TalkingPointsMemo.com notes that Perry defended his state's law when it was challenged in 2002, “I think our law is appropriate that we have on the books,” and in his 2010 book Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington: “Texans have long been involved in significant decisions before the [Supreme] Court, and often we have been told we can't do something.”