Tony Perkins today warned that making same-sex marriage legal will lead to an untold number of polygamists immigrating into the United States. MSNBC reporter Luke Russert took a strong position with Perkins, leading to this response from Perkins:
“As you set up this package interview, people ought to be able to marry who they love. If love becomes a definition of what the boundaries of marriage are, how do we define that going forward? What if someone wants to immigrate to this country from a country that allows multiple spouses? Right now they can’t immigrate with the spouses, but if the parameter are simply love, how do we prohibit them from coming into this country? If it’s all about just love, as it’s being used, where do we set the lines?”
Perkins, of course, is the head of the Family Research Council, a certified anti-gay hate group. Perkins has joined with his fellow radical religious right wing extremists, including Gary Bauer and Mike Huckabee, threatening that if the GOP supports same-sex marriage, evangelicals will leave and start a third party.
Igor Volsky at Think Progress, who posted the video and the transcript, adds:
Asked to defend the comparison by reporter Luke Russert, Perkins explained that he was not likening gay people to polygamists, but only warning about a slippery slope.
Three interesting notes: First, Luke Russert is often accused on social media sites like Twitter of being a poor reporter and interviewer, but in this interview he did an excellent job. Second, had MSNBC posted the full interview to their website, we would have included it here instead of the shorter Think Progress clip above — why didn’t MSNBC post the video? Finally, why does MSBC insist on hosting and offering a platform to hate groups like the Family Research Council and Tony Perkins?
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