Tony Perkins, leader of the notorious anti-gay Family Research Council, was invited as a guest on Face the Nation to discuss the pending same-sex marriage case which will be argued in front of the supreme court this week.
Host Bob Schieffer, introduced Perkins by first noting that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has determined that Perkins’ organization is a certified “hate group” and that viewers have written in saying “he does not speak for Christians.”
“The Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group,” Schieffer warned his viewers. “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.”
After the warning, Perkins argued that the Supreme Court has no place granting equal protection under the Constitution to LGBT Americans because “it does a disservice to both sides if the court weighs in on public policy like this.”
“The courts are decided [SIC] to interpret the Constitution and the constitutionality of laws, not to create public policy,” Perkins said. “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.”
“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,” Schieffer noted. “I mean, how can you say that?”
Schieffer also pointed to polls that show that a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. “Doesn’t that mean people want this to be legal?” he asked.
A disillusioned Perkins argued that the “nation was evenly divided” on the issue and claimed that recent polls were misleading because pollsters asked the question in a way that favored gay rights.
“I would say that Tony Perkins is really an outlier,” Pro-equality activist Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry told Schieffer. “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.”