Petition Asking CNN To Drop Anti-Gay FRC Leader Tony Perkins Has Over 32,000 Signatures


An online petition asking CNN to stop hosting anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins has been signed by over 32,000 people, more than double the original goal. The initiative was created by the progressive Christian organization Faithful America, after CNN chose to feature Tony Perkins as the "Christian response" to the Supreme Court's DOMA decision. 

From the petition:

This week, millions of Christians celebrated as our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters came one step closer to equality. From coast to coast, church bells rang out to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision overturning the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

But CNN once again turned to a hate-group leader to speak on behalf of America's Christians. Less than an hour after the decision was announced, they interviewed Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who falsely warned that the court decision would lead to "religious organizations losing their exemption."

Media Matters for America points out that CNN and the other major news networks have a long history of inviting Perkins to represent the Christian point of view on LGBT rights, oftentimes without disclosing to viewers that the Family Research Council has been officially designated as a 'hate group' by the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

If you would like to sign the petition, you can do so HERE.


  1. JONES says

    Bravo progressive Christians.
    I salute your campaign and thank you for your equality support.

  2. Bob says

    Assholes like this make themselves famous, then get blown out of proportion by being featured on CNN and by getting attention from Towleroad and other Gay outlets.
    We see the FRC, Westboro, NOM, etc, every week, but we do NOT see any information as to their actual clout.

    The effect– Gay people get stirred up typing replies to these stupid and minor groups, RATHER THAN PAYING ATTENTION TO GETTING OUR RIGHTS.

  3. Bob says

    I should have mentioned the major groups we need to put attention on: the catholic church and its organizations like the K of C, the mormon church and its members, and the Rick Warrens (preachers who want to look modern but are haters)

    I particularly target catholics to protest their church’s actions, because Gay catholics are reading this.

  4. Francis #1 says

    At the end of the day, Bob, we have men from hate groups, such as Tony Perkins and Brian Brown, making numerous appearances on cable (and non-cable) network TV shows spewing anti-gay hatred that has been proven false and are lies. The only reason these men are invited is to incite and divide. It’s an issue and it’s something that needs to be done away with, and with some pressure, hopefully it will.

  5. SteveC says

    At least Towleroad seems to have stopped giving free advertising to the extremist homophobia of the WBC

  6. JONES says

    When we call out Christian believers and ask them to denounce those voicing hate in the name of religion this is the exact response we hope for. It should be encouraged and news of their effotrts should be spread as wide as possible so that others can join in.

    LGBT are 3-10% of the population. Winning this battle without equality minded supporters would be nearly impossible.

    Reporting on the activities of hate groups like AFA & WBC is not considered free advertising to those of us who are harmed by them. It’s information we use to showcase their insidiousness to those sympathetic to our struggle.

  7. Steve says

    More important than the “hate group” designation is WHY they got that. They need to quote the things he says when he isn’t on television and has to pretend to be halfway polite.

  8. Dean says

    I have to say, I think I support these progressive-thinking christians. Though not religious myself, I certainly want their life’s graceful path and experience to be as marvelous as my own chosen way. This is a step toward that.

    Their positive attitude actually gives me hope for the future!

  9. andrew says

    I think that its great that the bigot Tony Perkins is chosen by CNN to represent the voice of Christians on their dog and pony shows. It shows Christianity for the bigoted and anti human rights philosophy that it really is.

  10. Wilberforce says

    It’s an old media tactic to give voice only to fundamentalists, because their values of selfishness and cruelty are so useful to commercial interests. They also distract attention from political and financial corruption by skapegoating minorities. It’s long past time that people saw through this game. But if the past is any guide, the public will act like sheep for another forty years.

  11. says

    The petition URL seems to point to a dead or inactive server.

    Or they got hit by to much traffic and it crashed the server.

    Or the me wearing the tin-foil hat thinks someone made them take it down.

    In any case, find out what happened to it. I’m Jewish, but I’ll still sign that petition. Hell, post it on Facebook or Tweet it.

  12. Phil says

    While I don’t agree with their message, I say let them stay on the air. The more progress we make with equal rights the more desperate and crazy Tony Perkins and his ilk sound. When these folks go on the air with their hate filled speech it only furthers our cause. The American people need to know that these groups are out there to see what we are up against.

  13. Julie says

    It’s not being a hate group, or haters. We believe in heterosexual relationships from a biblical standpoint. We don’t hate the people.