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Tony Perkins For President? FRC Leader Threatens Third Party Over Gay Marriage

by David Badash on March 20, 2013

in News,Politics

Tony Perkins is threatening a possible third party if the GOP abandons its evangelical base and supports same-sex marriage — which latest polls show almost six in ten Americans already do.

The head of the certified anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council, in a press release yesterday wrote:

If the RNC abandons marriage, evangelicals will either sit the elections out completely–or move to create a third party. Either option puts Republicans on the path to a permanent minority.

Interpreting the RNC’s “autopsy” released this week far differently than most, Perkins adds:

“It looks like Democrats won’t need to spend a lot of money building a case against the GOP – because the Republican Party is doing it for them! In what the RNC is calling its ‘autopsy’ report from the last election, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has decided that the way for his party to win over voters is to parrot the Left’s policies. The grand strategy, which calls for throwing the party’s social conservatives overboard, demands the GOP be more ‘welcoming’ and ‘inclusive’ to people that are actively working against the conservative principles in the Republican platform. ‘We need to campaign among … gay Americans and demonstrate that we care about them too.’

Perkins, 49, and a Southern Baptist evangelical, is highly ambitious and has amassed a veritable media empire — both as head of the Family Research Council and as a frequent guest on all the cable news channels.

He also has a fair amount of elected office experience, having served two terms in the Louisiana House. In 2002, Perkins challenged incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu for her U.S. Senate seat, but lost by a significant margin.

Last year, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported, Tom McClusky, a vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC) said that America’s third party will not be conservative or liberal, rather, it will stand for opposing same-sex marriage as its singular focus, should marriage equality continue to be adopted by states.

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{ 6 comments }

Scott_Rose March 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Fred Phelps will vote for Perkins.

tomeg March 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Will Perkins call it the No Homos Married Party? Quelle Absurdité…

kuhrdan1 March 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Good, more power to Mr. Perkins. Members of the new party can wear white hooded robes with a giant cross in red emblazoned on the front and back of the robes. To add pizazz to their fashion statement, members can carry sub-machine guns, to mean that they are doing god's work.

jerryball37 March 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm

This god-damned skank has no business running for leader of a "FREE SOCIETY." He is going to set himself up as the AYATOLLA OF AMERICA, and you damn well better put your freedom under his thumb or there will be hangings!

Huntercgo March 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

". . . America’s third party will not be conservative or liberal, rather, it will stand for opposing same-sex marriage as its singular focus, should marriage equality continue to be adopted by states."

Now there's a losing proposition. Have at it.

tacitus March 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

Is there any chance this will even matter? In order to gain support, they’ll have to have a primary process, which I don’t think they’ll ever be able to handle. This new party would be based entirely around religious dogma, which would tend to get in the way of democratically choosing their leaders. I think there’s a huge chance that the job will simply be taken by someone that potential supporters will really dislike and that they’ll be totally deserted before they can even begin expanding.

On the other hand, maybe this will be just enough of a spectacle to get people to pay attention to third parties in general, which would make our government much more responsive to our changing culture.

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