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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. Thanks for the smile, Tony!

    Posted by: David | Mar 20, 2013 12:59:39 PM

  2. The Religious Right has threatened to "sit out" a few times every election cycle since the 80s. They don't sit out and they won't, because no matter how upset they are about marriage issues, the GOP is still the "pro-life" party and that issue is hufe for them. So this threat is hollow. The GOP transition on this issue is occurring. My guess is that the GOP platform will change from including the marriage amendment to one advocating that states get to decide their own marriage laws.

    Posted by: Me | Mar 20, 2013 1:20:16 PM

  3. Oh Tony! You are such a tease!

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 20, 2013 1:28:23 PM

  4. Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease DO.

    Posted by: Craig S | Mar 20, 2013 1:45:34 PM

  5. Head stuck in sand party ??

    Posted by: seniceguy | Mar 20, 2013 2:14:49 PM

  6. Right, Because third parties do so well in elections.

    Please proceed, Tony.

    Posted by: Firestorm | Mar 20, 2013 2:55:08 PM

  7. They are really scared right now

    Posted by: jjose712 | Mar 20, 2013 2:57:53 PM

  8. The George Wallace of this century

    Posted by: Andy | Mar 20, 2013 3:43:30 PM

  9. I believe this is what you cal a win-win. If they remain with the anti-LGBT, or anti-marriage equality platform then they will be increasingly marginalized over time. (If their friends and relatives don't tell this to them then the polls definitely should.)

    Go for it! Create your 3rd party. Better yet let's continue to allow Democrats to push forth our equality. At the end of the day you will only get lip service from Republicans anyways. (This occurs about once every 2, or 4 years when they need your vote.)

    I say this because Republicans, by their own admission agree that they need to appeal to: Black, Hispanic, Asain, and women voters. Their actions speak louder than their words ever could... but they have not figured that out yet.

    Posted by: Javier | Mar 20, 2013 4:26:26 PM

  10. @Randy: Who is "EDNA" and why should the GOP put her "front and center of their agenda"? ;-P

    As for Tony, this idea of his would certainly make things interesting in politics. I think what some folks here are missing though is that a GOP free of the social cons would then start picking off some of the "DINOs". Whether that would give them victory on the national stage or not I haven't a clue. Still, no major party has survived for long with full power. Voters tend to be fickle at times.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Mar 20, 2013 5:16:09 PM

  11. Ohhhhhhh.... The Stupid!!!!! It Burns!!!!!
    Do it dumbass!!!!

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 20, 2013 5:18:40 PM

  12. That would make it 50% good - 25% bad - 25% worse......Yeeaaahhhhhh, 50% WINS!!!!!!!

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Mar 20, 2013 5:36:44 PM

  13. A dream come true!

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 20, 2013 5:53:07 PM

  14. Am I the only person who thinks this would be an awesome way to sound the end of the chokehold of the two party system? I would love to see this happen, and it herald the initiation of a multiple-party dynamic. Two parties cannot possibly uphold the ideal of "representative government" in a country as diverse as the USA in 2013. Let Perkins and his ilk form a new party, and let it be viable. And from there, let's begin breaking up the two parties into entities more true to their constituents visions...

    Posted by: Jack | Mar 20, 2013 6:07:04 PM

  15. Yes, please! I do believe we still have a period ahead where the extreme right splits from the Republican party, and the anti-tax and corporate wing figures out that they have to finally compromise. They will find a welcome corporate wing of the Democratic party. Plutocrats always win.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Mar 20, 2013 9:34:24 PM

  16. Oh, oh… Pleeeeease!

    'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 20, 2013 9:53:43 PM

  17. Any divisions among the wingnuts is great news for the forces of progress.

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 20, 2013 10:44:27 PM

  18. Don't let the door etc, etc, & etc..

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 21, 2013 6:53:22 AM

  19. There are dangers for Democrats if this happens. Imagine if they did form another party, let's say the Christianist Party. Republicans could move towards the center and start capturing independents again. The Reps and the Christianists could then form a coalition that might ensure the house stays right-wing.

    Posted by: Mawm | Mar 21, 2013 10:07:04 AM

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