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Tony Perkins Threatens GOP: Support Marriage Equality And Evangelicals Will Form Third Party

by David Badash on March 26, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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.

Perkins is the head of the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council. His predecessor, Gary Bauer (FRC was not certified as a hate group under Bauer) today threatened the same at the National Organization For Marriage‘s anti-gay hate rally:

“Let me say to my party: if you bail out on this issue, I will leave the party and I will take as many people with me as I possibly can.”

In a press release, Perkins last week 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 last week far differently than most, Perkins added:

“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.’

Evangelical and former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee last week also threatened the GOP. Warning that if they support same-sex marriage, evangelicals will form a third party, Huckabee said that “they’re going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk.”

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.

Editor’s note: Portions of this story appeared in an earlier article.

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{ 10 comments }

cplantin March 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I truly hope they do. Then they will never have any real power and will take some power away from the current GOP. Which leaves the Dems with no real opponents.

SandburOkie March 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Tony taking his toys home in a pout because he can't make the rules.

Coxhere March 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

The rules are changing and changing rules isolates this homophobe and those like her. Miss Toni Perkins can keep her homophobic and discriminatory rules. She and they are going nowhere fast.

SeanLiberty13 March 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

All that hot air and not one kernel popping. I can't watch the move if I don't have popcorn. Herumph!

TurboKitty March 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Please GAWD let them form a third party and FINALLY go the way of the dinosaur!!!

jeannemaries March 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Good luck with that Tony. I would love to see them forming a third party–get them out of the mainstream

sdfrenchie March 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm

If anything, it would help to improve the GOP if these losers left its folds. While they're at it, they can take Paul Ryan, Michelle Bachmann, Mitch McConnell, Cantor and all the other smirky-faced assholes with them if they can find them at work instead of on vacation.

shle896 March 26, 2013 at 10:23 pm

A third, even more crazy party than the current GOP? Uh, I think that's called a circus. Their infighting and the ridiculous 1950's bubble they've surrounded themselves with just proves that they simply don't get it. At all. The Republican party is becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing day. It's pathetic and kind of sad, frankly.

James_M_Martin March 27, 2013 at 12:10 am

That is wonderful news. These narrow minded bigots actually comprise a relatively small percentage of the population; people are still blaming Ralph Nader and Ross Perot for ruining the chances of their independent runs for top dog. Besides, Perkins does not speak for all evangelicals. It is high time this shitehead got his comeuppance.

tgflux March 27, 2013 at 4:08 am

In-fighting is FUNNY!!!

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