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MSNBC's Luke Russert Hammers Tony Perkins on DOMA: 'So You Equate Homosexuality with Polygamy?' - VIDEO

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MSNBC's Luke Russert gave Family Research Council's Tony Perkins a delicious grilling today on his opposition to DOMA, calling Perkins out on his misleading talking points, Mediaite reports:

“What do you fear the most about a couple being together – a same-sex couple being together over 60 years like we saw in the Windsor case – what do you fear so much about them getting the same federal benefits for their marriage as an opposite-sex couple would?” Russert asked.

“I don’t fear anything,” Perkins replied.

“Then why do you oppose,” Russert interjected.

“If love becomes a definition of what the boundaries of marriage are, how do we define that going forward?” Perkins asked. He asked, hypothetically, how America would prohibit an individual with multiple spouses from immigrating to the country given that definition of marriage.

“So you equate homosexuality with polygamy?” Russert asked.

“No,” Perkins replied.

“Well, you just said that, sir,” Russert fired back.

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  1. Give 'em hell, Luke!

    Posted by: CC | Mar 27, 2013 4:11:00 PM


  2. Wow, first Bill Reilly now Luke Russert - next Dogs and Cats will be sleeping together. What's with MSNBC inviting yesterday Ralph (involved in the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal) Reed and of course the always hypocritical Tony Perkins to spout their nonsense? That said, I wouldn't sing the praises for Luke Russert just because he barely did what journalist are suppose to do, which is to seek out the truth and to aggressively challenge people who are blatantly lying - instead of letting them off the hook with their opinion being a valid difference of opinion.

    Whatever... Luke Russert is still a tool.

    Posted by: Gerry | Mar 27, 2013 4:17:50 PM


  3. The best bit was when Luke got the last word on why the research that Perkins quotes ad nauseum is to be doubted (if not outright ignored).

    Still, I won't be really happy until the cable news industry refuses to bring serial liars and leaders of hate groups on the air in the name of "balance."

    Posted by: Red Seven | Mar 27, 2013 4:28:51 PM


  4. That's hammering? That's brutal? Luke Russert is an embarrassment to journalism. He is the worst. He barely existed in that exchange. He wasted opportunity after opportunity to slam Perkins. He let the guest walk all over him, and most of the segment was a bigot spouting his hate and lies. Over all, a really poor job.

    Posted by: Wisebear | Mar 27, 2013 4:30:22 PM


  5. Oh, the benefits of being the biological son of a famous deceased news commentator. Too bad we can't have that. We still haven't asked the right questions: Why should our rights depend on our sex lives? Why is the state, and the church, still in the bedrooms of the nation? This gets called a "gay victory"?

    Posted by: TIm | Mar 27, 2013 4:41:48 PM


  6. Both sides do eht, both sides do eht...

    Posted by: DLRnATL | Mar 27, 2013 4:45:40 PM


  7. So the unmarrieds will have to fight the acceptance war for the newlyweds? What's to become of those poor souls who don't get asked to marry?

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 27, 2013 4:48:33 PM


  8. How do these people get their jobs? Nepotism is alive and well in America.

    Posted by: pedro | Mar 27, 2013 4:49:13 PM


  9. When will they stop inviting lunatics like Tony on the air?

    Posted by: FFS | Mar 27, 2013 4:52:54 PM


  10. I agree, wisebear, Russert let Perkins dominate that interview, with Perkin's "The question is..." changeups. Russert should have said, "No, as the interviewer, I just gave you my guestion. As the interviewee, now answer it."

    And again with this "natural marriage". Nature would have 12 year olds marry, since that's when nature equips them for reproduction, but as a society, we don't allow that.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Mar 27, 2013 4:54:47 PM


  11. can a journalist not call an interviewee out on lies?

    Posted by: Dego | Mar 27, 2013 5:05:43 PM


  12. Can someone kindly start making supportive comments toward gay marriage on the Los Angeles NBC 4 facebook page. I'm SHOCKED at how homophobic so many in Los Angeles can be (and virtually all Hispanic and black posters, which breaks my heart as a latino) but these comments being made against gay marriage are deplorable and there's only me and a couple others defending our rights.

    Someone please contribute to the gay marriage discussion on top of the NBC 4 LA/Burbank facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/NBCLA?fref=ts

    Posted by: Lynel | Mar 27, 2013 6:15:04 PM


  13. Can someone kindly start making supportive comments toward gay marriage on the Los Angeles NBC 4 facebook page. I'm SHOCKED at how homophobic so many in Los Angeles can be (and virtually all Hispanic and black posters, which breaks my heart as a latino) but these comments being made against gay marriage are deplorable and there's only me and a couple others defending our rights.

    Someone please contribute to the gay marriage discussion on top of the NBC 4 LA/Burbank facebook page

    https://www.facebook. com/NBCLA?fref=ts

    Posted by: Lynel | Mar 27, 2013 6:15:44 PM


  14. many of the old testament prophets and patriarchs in the christian bible had multiple wives:

    Lamech, Abraham, Jacob, Esau, Gideon, Saul, David, Solomon, Rehoboam, Elkanah, Ashur, Abijah, Jehoiada, Ahab, Ahasuerus, Ashur, Belshazzar, Benhadad, Caleb, Eliphaz, Ezra, Jehoiachin, Jehoram, Jerahmeel, Joash, Machir, Manasseh, Mered, Nahor, Simeon, Zedekiah, etc.

    an inconvenient truth, mr. perkins?


    Posted by: Jed | Mar 27, 2013 6:23:15 PM


  15. His argument is funny that polygamy involves love. It is more like a man fulfilling his lust with multiple women. History contradicts his stupid argument. The man can't even remember the name of the concubine he slept with last night.
    10 years is a long time in a human life. Is he suggesting us to wait a hundred years before drawing any conclusion. He should be locked up for 10 years to experience how it feels.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 27, 2013 6:24:56 PM


  16. kudos to Luke Russert for poking holes in Tony Perkins nonsensical responses!

    Posted by: Bernie | Mar 27, 2013 6:48:38 PM


  17. I think Russert hardly "hammered" Perkins on the false statements.
    When Perkins said that all the scientific data prove that kids do best not with two parents but with two opposite-sex parents, Russert could have said:

    "The findings and policy statements of every leading professional association in the social sciences in the civilized world completely contradict what you just said. The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association; ALL unanimously disagree with you on the statements you just made. And the so-called "study" you cite used ridiculously unscientific methods, which is why it carries no weight with any major scientific organization."
    To simply say that there were "some questions" about that study is far too weak a response.
    If you really feel you have to have the leader of a hate group on your show, at least be prepared so that he doesn't just use it as an opportunity for false propaganda.

    Posted by: GregV | Mar 27, 2013 8:50:01 PM


  18. ... Oh, and another point that keeps getting missed when that claim is made: Some kids are being raised by gay couples; that's just a fact. Denying that family the benefit of a marriage license does not give even one kid two parents of the opposite sex. It only ensures that those kids' parents remain officially unmarried.

    Posted by: GregV | Mar 27, 2013 8:54:50 PM


  19. Perhaps he should be asked whether he loves his wife. Mrs. Perkin will be happy to hear that he married her just for producing children. He may as well marry a pig.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 27, 2013 9:35:33 PM


  20. "newer than the internet and cellphones"

    1) We did not go slow on the internet and cellphones, and these are nearly universally loved.

    2) The internet and cellphones affect most people, but same-sex marriage affects only those couples and their kids.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 27, 2013 9:39:05 PM


  21. I wonder how Perkins can keep coming up with these arguments against equality that don't really make any sense...polygamists wanting to immigrate to the US? What an odd example.

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Mar 27, 2013 10:31:57 PM


  22. I think Luke Russert is adorable, and I think by not interrupting but asking key questions at certain junctures, he gave Perkins just enough rope to hang himself. Those comments where Perkins bascially said "Marriage isn't about love"--what in heavens name is it, then? Why do people care so much about this institution that they're willing to pledge to love and take care of a partner for as long as they shall live? Perkins just showed how cramped and small-minded his thinking, and the thinking of bigots everywhere, really is.

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 27, 2013 11:13:05 PM


  23. You so rarely see him without his hood.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Mar 28, 2013 7:09:26 AM


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