So some of his followers were understandably confused by his unusual Twitter declaration on Wednesday.
"MARRIAGE = ONE MAN & ONE MAN," he exclaimed. "Enough of these activist judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!"
Patrick took the tweet down, and issued a few clarifications.
"Oops! #twittertypo. We have a new job opening on our campaign: social media intern. Send resume to contact (at) http://danpatrick.org," he tweeted, adding later, "I want to re-emphasize my long held position: Marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. Period."
MARRIAGE= ONE MAN & ONE WOMAN. Enough of these activist judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) February 26, 2014
Patrick's rep also told the Houston Chronicle that the tweet was the result of a "staff typo that will unfortunately forever live in Twitterverse."
Patrick's tweets were a reaction to Wednesday's news that a federal judge in Texas had struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling it unconstitutional.
"Today’s court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent," U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said. “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution."
[Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle]