Texas Governor Rick Perry has said he supports a state's right to decide issues such as gay marriage.

The potential presidential candidate told a crowd in Aspen that he's fine with New York's recent decision to become the sixth state to legalize the institution.

“Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me,” Perry said.

Perry made his remarks at a forum held by the Aspen Institute. The event coincided with the Republican Governors Association's convention, which is being held in Aspen. Also in attendance were Republican Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Bob McDonnell of Virginia, the AP reported.

The governor added that he believes in the 10th amendment, but went on to call himself an “unapologetic social conservative” and affirmed his opposition to marriage equality.

Perry's views mirror those of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who opposes gay marriage but has affirmed her support for states to decide the issue.

“In New York state, they have passed the law at the state legislative level and, under the 10th amendment, the states have the right to set the laws that they want to set,” Bachmann told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace soon after passage of the law last month.

“That's up to the people of New York,” the presidential candidate responded when Wallace noted that she opposes such rights.

Bachmann went on to endorse a federal constitutional amendment banning gay and lesbian couples from marrying.