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May 10th, 2012
10:06 AM ET

Tony Perkins: Same sex marriage 'not an issue of equal rights'

After years of saying that his position on same-sex marriage was "evolving," President Obama stated that he supports legalizing same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News yesterday.

Obama's announcement came a day after North Carolina passed an amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, a provision which was supported by  the president of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins.

Perkins joins Soledad O'Brien on "Starting Point" today to explain why he is opposed to same-sex marriage, saying that it's a "redefinition of marriage" that "intentionally create environments where kids grow up without moms and dads."

Perkins also weighs in on the potential political repercussions of Obama's announcement, saying that "some in the Romney campaign were certainly celebrating" the president's endorsement, as he may have given Romney' campaign "the missing piece" when it comes to igniting conservative enthusiasm for the candidate.


Filed under: Religion • Same sex marriage
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  1. JJ

    Well you can't blame abortions or overpopulation on gays and doubtful they will ever be a burden to the welfare system either. On the other hand we need religious type people for.....well we need them for.....oh we need them to judge everyone that does not see things the way they do, other than that nothing at all.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Krisagi

    I am tired of religious nut jobs like this Tony Perkins forcing their ideals down the throats of everyone. If I had 1 question to ask it would be "Tell me how will 2 men getting married or 2 women getting married directly impact a heterosexual couple from living day to day?". The answer will be it wont. This country was founded on the ideal of "Freedom from religious persecution". Yet each year the religious nut jobs try to force government to pass laws that force their ideals down the throats of others.

    May 11, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Beth

    The only reason for a gay marriage ban is religion. If the bans survive,they establish government support of one religion over another. Who's religion shall we put in charge?

    May 11, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • theBigE

      Not true, Beth, there are dozens of social reasons to disagree with gay marriage, without ever bringing up religion. Perkins mentions them, he only references religion once in the whole video.

      May 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Davester

    The Creator has made it clear that same-sex relations are wrong, so why is this nation embracing it? Either this nation is forgetting God or ignoring His laws. Either way, it's not good.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Krisagi

      Davester how many times do you have to be told, America has not been and never has been a Christian Nation. America was founded as a country where everyone can practice their own religion without fear of persecution. Forcing your religious belief's is counter productive of this ideal. It is also in violation of the US Supreme Court Ruling on Speration of Church and State. If you dont want to marry 2 men or 2 women in your church thats all fine and dandy that is private property but you cant prevent them from marrying anywhere else.

      May 11, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James

      Davester, have you actually read the bible? Your "creator" is fine with polygamy, inter-family marriage, forced marriage, and marriage at any age – are you in support of all of these, or are you also going to ignore god?

      May 11, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Joe Howard

    With this announcement by by the President...he just lost my vote.

    May 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • needNewGov

      good! Obviously you're not into equal rights and I'm sure the Prez can do without your narrow-mindedness.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TheMendicant

      He never had your vote, imbecile.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alex

      If you base your entire decision off of this one issue, you have strange political priorities.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Krisagi

      you cant be that naive to believe that in a presidential election your vote actually counts. the only way 1 vote will actually matter is if the electoral college gets abolished. and that will never happen

      May 11, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mel

    In November 2012 we the people of the United States a country founded on Christian principles will select a new leader to guild our country. This election should no longer be viewed as two parties that have different views on subjects as creating jobs, growing the economy, reducing our presents in foreign countries or even how we should take care of the elderly and poor. This election is about our heritage and religious beliefs. Remembering that one day we will all stand before GOD to have to answer for the decision that we are going to make this November. I believe that GOD stated that the union of marriage is between one man and one woman.

    May 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Muffin Man

    I have neighbors who are a two dad home, and they are the best parents. I have seen a man and a woman be the worst parents. Rational, mature adults, who are capable of determining for themselves what is right for them beats irrational, intoxicated, breeding w/o a care heterosexuals hands down.

    May 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Angela Dunmore

    If gay couples have children, by artificial insemination or adoption for the ignorant, those children usually grow up with two loving parents. It doesn't matter whether it is Mom and Dad, Dad and Dad, or Mom and Mom, all children benefit from two loving parents. The arguments against gay marriage sound achingly familiar to those against interracial marriage, integration, women's sufferage, and abolition. That's what makes it clear this is a matter of civil rights. How did I come to this opinion? Listening to the anguish of gay students as they are bullied by their homophobic classmates. No child should feel ashamed of being what nature, or God, made them! Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, gay or straight.

    May 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Bob

    What a shock. The head of the biggest organization of bigots is against equality. Let's not forget the several prominent leaders of the Family Research Council were found to be closeted homosexuals. One leader even used institute funds to have a male prostitute accompany him on a trip to Europe (and claimed he was along just to "carry his luggage"). And what a hypocrite talking about "redefinition of marriage" when the only definition that matters is the one the government makes. You can get married in a church, but you don't get tax breaks or hospital visitation unless you have a government sanctioned marriage license. People of no religious affiliation can marry. And the only people trying to redefine marriage are the fringe religions so the FRC throwing its support behind a Mormon (real traditional definition of marriage there?) is the height of lunacy.

    May 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Franky

    What's next? Will we allow brothers and sisters to get married? How about a father/daughter marriage? Why not do like Saudi Arabia and allow men to have 5 wives?? If we are going to change the rules, let us not stop short...lol

    May 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Craig

    When is Tony Perkins going to finally come out of the closet?

    May 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Tom

    again soledad just doesn't get it. Its not about blacks and whites, her favorite subject, its about men and women marrying. Talk about a person hung up on the race issue, you have it here! And she interrupts terribly. Is this the best we can do?

    May 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. communicator1453

    I stand with President Obama. Unlike his critics, he epitomizes American values. Sometime in the future, we'll celebrate President Obama's many accomplishments. He has done so much good for our country. God bless him.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jess Sumpter

    Does he not know that there are GAY REPUBLICANS?

    May 10, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply

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