CBS Host Skewers ‘Anti-Gay Hate Group’ Leader Tony Perkins (VIDEO)

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As we eagerly wait to hear if the Supreme Court will decide that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, anti-gay activists are having a harder time commanding respect even amongst their religious peers.

Tony Perkins, the President of conservative Christian group Family Research Council (FRC) is learning this the hard way. On Sunday’s Face the Nation, he was confronted by CBS host Bob Schieffer about his narrow-minded stance on marriage equality.Perkins was doomed from the start, when host Bob Schieffer introduced Perkins’ organization as a hate group. With the intention to show just how ridiculous Perkins’ homophobic views were, Schieffer said:

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group. We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because they, in their view — quote — you don’t speak for Christians.”

Needless to say, Perkins was taken back. Here’s the segment:

Perkins stood firm on his view that SCOTUS had no right to determine if LGBT individuals should have the same constitutional rights and protection because “it does a disservice to both sides if the court weighs in on public policy like this.”

“The courts are decided to interpret the Constitution and the constitutionality of laws, not to create public policy. When they do that, they create division and they erect barriers to reaching consensus on public policy like this. So no, we stand with millennia of experience that the union of a man and a woman — the sacred union of marriage — is the cornerstone of society. That’s when kids learn to become citizens.”

Schieffer came back and grilled Perkins for trying to convince Americans that their faith would be imposed upon if marriage equality was constitutionalized.

“You said the other day — and I believe you said this — that if the court rules in favor of gay marriage, it would be open season on people of faith. I mean, how can you say that?”

Perkins was also put on the spot when Schieffer revealed statistics that showed that most Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage. The CBS host asked, “Doesn’t that mean people want this to be legal?”

Perkins denied Schieffer’s facts and insisted that the “nation was evenly divided,” stating that recent polls have been using questions that were worded specifically to favor gay rights.

As Schieffer turned the interview over to Pro-equality activist Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, we hear a voice that resonates far more with the majority of Americans. Dismissing Perkins’ claims, Wolfson said:

“I would say that Tony Perkins is really an outlier. And what’s to be celebrated here is that the vast majority of Americans have opened their hearts and changed their mind and moved forward to embrace the freedom to marry. And the courts are following where that public opinion has gone.”

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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