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Tony Perkins: If 2016 GOP Presidential Candidate Abandons Marriage, We'll Create a Third Party

The Hill reports that same-sex marriage makes the 2016 Republican field "fraught with danger" for any candidate:

Perkins“Any presidential candidate seeking the Republican Party nomination in 2016 has to be very careful not to poke a stick in the eye of that base vote in any state,” said Gary Marx, executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

If the Republican party “abandons marriage evangelicals will either sit the elections out completely — or move to create a third party,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. “Either option puts Republicans on the path to a permanent minority.”

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  1. oh please do that! Then we would never have to worry about them ever winning elections again.

    Posted by: Lee | Mar 20, 2013 11:15:12 AM

  2. Good luck with that.

    Posted by: LiamB | Mar 20, 2013 11:15:26 AM

  3. Sounds like a win-win to me but the Tony Perkinses of the world are not worried about the GOP being reduced to permanent minority status - they're worried about THEMSELVES being reduced to permanent minority status within the GOP. And they're right to worry 'cause that's just what's happening.

    Posted by: Scottevill | Mar 20, 2013 11:16:04 AM

  4. this is what the GOP wants, though....right? they want to evolve and no longer be the party of stupid? trouble is, when Stupid *is* your base you're kinda left with....oh well...

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 20, 2013 11:17:41 AM

  5. Yes! Let the Teavangelicals form a third party, and let them be reduced to a couple dozen seats in the House of Representatives in any given election cycle.

    Republicans might be able to stay against marriage equality or keep riding the fence through 2016, but the demographic trends are impossible to ignore.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 20, 2013 11:22:45 AM

  6. I imagine the 2016 Republican nominee will be in favor of civil unions. At that point, being against any and all recognition of same-sex couples will be seen as entirely unreasonable (which it is starting to be already).

    Posted by: Bill S. | Mar 20, 2013 11:25:42 AM

  7. Best idea I've heard in a few years!! Start a new party and we'll all sit back to watch 'em sink!

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Mar 20, 2013 11:27:14 AM

  8. I agree with Lee. Bring it on - GOP, please continue to marginalize others and see what happens.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 20, 2013 11:27:46 AM

  9. What he fails to realize is that the GOP will actually grow once marriage equality exists because it will free up DINO's who favor those social issues to focus on other things they care about. Those things may very well be Republican POV on jobs and the economy. I'm not an R but I do like what the head of the RNC said and I think it shows a little glimmer of hope and change for the GOP. Til then, I will remain BLUE.

    Posted by: rumla1978 | Mar 20, 2013 11:30:44 AM

  10. Great idea! Third parties have always been incredibly successful in this country. They can call it the Brontosaurus Party.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 20, 2013 11:31:59 AM

  11. Tony Perkins is Psycho.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 20, 2013 11:35:28 AM

  12. Hey, GOPers, remember the old adage "be careful what you wish for"? Well, you wished for your party's big tent to include hate-filled extremists from entities like FRC, Liberty University, NOM and Fox News. See, you got what you wished for and now you're going to have to live with it. Unfortunately for you, "it" means having achieved permanent minority party status, at least for now on the federal level. It serves you right for becoming the "anti-" party for the GLBT community, women's reproductive rights, immigrants, voting rights, etc. It couldn't happen to a more deserving political organization. Congrats!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Mar 20, 2013 11:39:10 AM

  13. Way to go, Tony !
    You just throw all your toys out of the pram.

    This tosser is just a one trick pony.
    But go right ahead......ha ha ha.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 20, 2013 11:39:39 AM

  14. Right now the GOP as ONE single party CANNOT win an Election - so yes Tony P split off into a third Party which will be comprised of all the Bigots, haters, fear mongering religious whackos and that will reduce the GOP's numbers so much so that neither will ever recover. Yes, you might be able to seat a few of your party favorites into congressional seats but that's all you will have.....

    Posted by: aj | Mar 20, 2013 11:41:54 AM

  15. Yeah, good luck with that, Toni...

    Posted by: Rich F. | Mar 20, 2013 11:48:12 AM

  16. This must be music to the ears of sane, rational republicans holding out any hope for ever winning elections again. Finally! A way out of self-imposed political exile!

    Posted by: rascal | Mar 20, 2013 11:49:19 AM

  17. As much as he'd like to think so, Perkins doesn't speak for the GOP.

    As much as it would like to think so, the GOP won't have a viable candidate any time soon.

    As much as I don't want to gloat, I will. This is an insane idea.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 20, 2013 11:49:57 AM

  18. "As much as he'd like to think so, Perkins doesn't speak for the GOP"

    He doesn't speak for the GO-D, either, as much as he seems to think so.

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 20, 2013 11:54:50 AM

  19. Well, Tony...I completely understand! These GOPpers just don't understand you and your needs. Really, take your close friends and make another party. Don't you think it's time? Your "traditional values" just need to be paid more attention. People need to start including god more in their politics. If the Republicans aren't going to do it...and the Democrats are heathens...what are you left with?

    Go with god, Tony! Make that third party. Make your voice heard!

    You jackwagon!

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 20, 2013 11:57:11 AM

  20. Can we PLEASE stop giving these hate groups free publicity? We know that they hate everything to do with gays and gay rights. We don't have to republish their hateful and demented points of view just because they want us to.

    If I really want to know what Tony Perkins or Bryan Fischer think about something, I will Google them.

    Posted by: footwork61 | Mar 20, 2013 12:07:26 PM

  21. DO IT!

    Posted by: db | Mar 20, 2013 12:08:00 PM

  22. This would be AWESOME. An immediate way to make the evangelicals less effective, and give the GOP a chance to redeem themselves.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Mar 20, 2013 12:12:31 PM

  23. All the more reason the Dems should ratchet up and place EDNA full front and center of their agenda. It will drive the GOP nuts because that's another wedge issue.

    A majority of Americans already support ENDA and the only ones who oppose it the usual wingnuts. But by raising it, it would give lie to those who claim that just because they want to protect marriage doesn't mean they are a bigot. We know they are, but when you oppose both issues for gays, there is no way you are going to win any national election.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 20, 2013 12:17:44 PM

  24. Stewart and Colbert are wondering what they did right in life to deserve so much comedic gold.

    Please, all means - onward!

    Posted by: kpo5 | Mar 20, 2013 12:22:47 PM


    Bring it Tony...we'll watch you wither and die from lack of funding and votes. I'm sure even the folks on the right got a huge laugh reading this.

    Posted by: Bart | Mar 20, 2013 12:27:05 PM

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