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.
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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