Texas Governor Rick Perry has taken a page from Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's playbook in retreating from earlier remarks that he's fine with New York legalizing gay marriage.

Perry made his remarks last week while attending an event associated with the Republican Governors Association's annual convention in Aspen, Colorado.

“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.

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

The potential presidential candidate faced criticism from social conservatives over his tepid endorsement.

“So Gov Perry, if a state wanted to allow polygamy or if they chose to deny heterosexuals the right to marry, would that be OK too?” presidential candidate Rick Santorum messaged on Twitter with the hashtag #tcot, which stands for “top conservatives on Twitter.”

“What Rick Perry is advocating here is cultural surrender,” wrote World Net Daily Editor Joseph Farah in an op-ed withdrawing his support from a possible Perry candidacy.

A Perry spokesman responded to the criticism by confirming that the governor supports a federal constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

Mark Miner told the Austin American-Statesman that “Nothing has changed with the governor's philosophy here,” citing Perry's support for constitutional amendments – at the state and federal level – defining marriage as a heterosexual union.

During a recent GOP debate, Bachmann took a similar approach to the issue.

The position allows the candidates to oppose gay marriage from a politically safe, distant ideological position whose time has passed.