Bill Perry—farmer, businessman and third-generation Arizonan—believes that extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is consistent with Arizona’s independent spirit.
“To me, supporting marriage for loving, same-sex couples falls right in line with the principles our state holds dear: strong families, limited government and personal responsibility,” Perry said.
For 40 years, Perry has operated William K. Perry Farms, 7,500 acres of cotton, wheat, alfalfa and corn, in Central Arizona. He also manages a commercial property portfolio and served for more than a decade on the board of the Central Arizona Project, including as the board president.
“The government shouldn’t be telling people who they can choose as their spouse,” Perry said.
Marriage adds stability to couple’s lives and improves people’s financial situation, thereby cutting their need for government-provided services. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that federal recognition of same-sex marriages will save taxpayers $1 billion year.
“Those are serious benefits to our society but they’re not as important as the fact that treating same-sex couples as equals is the morally right thing to do,” Perry said.
Perry earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Before serving on the board of the Central Arizona Project, he was a member of the Buckeye Irrigation District board of directors.
Perry is deeply involved in volunteer, community and church activities and is a former member of the Franciscan Renewal Center board of directors. He has two adult children.