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CNN Allows Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins to Link Polygamy and Gay Marriage: VIDEO


CNN failed to inform its audience that Family Research Council's Tony Perkins is a hate group leader and also failed to challenge Tony Perkins' assertion that same-sex marriage is a "slippery slope" to polygamy during a Monday edition of Erin Burnett OutFront about the recent Utah polygamy ruling guest hosted by Jake Tapper, Equality Matters reports:

Perkins, who routinely links homosexuality to pedophilia and refers to homosexuality as a “lifestyle” of “perversion,” was all-too-happy to use this opportunity to revive his organization’s longstanding opposition to Lawrence v. Texas and support for laws criminalizing gay sex.

[Anti-polygamy activist Laurie] Allen, who herself was raised in a polygamous environment and staunchly opposes polygamy, criticized Perkins for attempting to compare polygamous relationships and same-sex relationships, calling his arguments “salacious propaganda.”

Rather than pointing out the absurdity of Perkins’ arguments, however, Tapper went on to quote an FRC statement suggesting that the legalization of same-sex marriage might create a “slippery slope” to the legalization of polygamous marriage in the future, despite the fact that the Waddoups did not actually legalize polygamous marriage.


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  1. We will wait a long time before the cable networks (what passes for news) as well as regular network infotainment newscasts stop using this so-called expert to comment on these issues. He is the go-to guy for commenting on all-things "family-centric".
    Rational, reasonable discourse isn't entertaining to viewers-and that is what passes for nooze in this country. Sad-


    Posted by: Nick | Dec 17, 2013 8:56:46 AM

  2. There's obviously a bigot on CNN's payroll that loves constantly paying him to vcome on air.

    Posted by: Kieran | Dec 17, 2013 9:05:12 AM

  3. Putting the friendly word family in your group's name is too often cover to legitimize the negative impact you have on actual families.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Dec 17, 2013 9:08:54 AM

  4. I'm clearly immature, because in scanning this post I saw the words Butt OutFront and Tapper.

    Also, polygamous marriages? Marriages with two people are already a mess. If you want to add more to the mix, knock yourself out. And you probably literally should knock yourself out.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 17, 2013 9:12:03 AM

  5. Why can't consenting adults form a family in multiples? Such families have a very long history. Perhaps the age of consent for such marriages should be raised to ensure young people are not coerced into them. But if that is what works for those individuals - who am I to judge?

    Posted by: Markt | Dec 17, 2013 9:16:03 AM

  6. Hey, Tony, your precious bible is full of polygamis relationships. You should be thrilled.

    Posted by: e.c. | Dec 17, 2013 9:38:16 AM

  7. The judge in the Utah case is a Bush appointee. He went to BYU and is elderly. So, I'm figuring he's a Mormon who wants to revive the old ways.

    Posted by: woody | Dec 17, 2013 9:38:51 AM

  8. but why was he debating cloris leachman?

    Posted by: abe | Dec 17, 2013 9:42:35 AM

  9. why is he against polygamy? It's in the freakin' bible... it's truly "traditional marriage"

    Posted by: tbd | Dec 17, 2013 9:56:32 AM

  10. The debate is so sophomoric.

    The simple fact of the matter is that if the general public in the United States wanted to outlaw gay marriage, they could. It's simple. Pass a Constitutional amendment doing so. Pure and simple. The fact is that they couldn't get that passed.

    Similarly, if the people of the US want to keep gay marriage but outlaw polygamy, they could do so. It's evidence of a failure to understand how the American democracy works to say what Tony Perkins said. It's all propaganda.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Dec 17, 2013 9:56:41 AM

  11. C'mon, GLAAD, call out CNN and Jake Tapper for their "failure to disclose" the homophobic truth about Tony Perkins and FRC. I'm really tired of these bigots being presented as experts on issues such as equal marriage. It's disgusting they almost always get a pass from the mainstream news media.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 17, 2013 10:01:31 AM

  12. If these are the kind of people that Christians allow to represent them, then I'm only too happy to continue to treat it as a religion defined by hate and intolerance.

    Posted by: Merv | Dec 17, 2013 10:44:14 AM

  13. Polygamy is outlawed because it deprives men of potential wives. If you're not wealthy enough, you end up not being able to marry because there are fewer available women.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 17, 2013 10:54:35 AM

  14. Please! I stopped paying any attention to CNN ten years ago...about the same time I completely stopped watching television. CNN is FOXnews-lite now, anyway.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 17, 2013 11:04:15 AM

  15. Please! I stopped paying any attention to CNN ten years ago...about the same time I completely stopped watching television. CNN is FOXnews-lite now, anyway.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 17, 2013 11:04:24 AM

  16. As I understand the judge's ruling, it does not make polygamy legal. It rules against the part of the Utah law that makes cohabitation with multiple women illegal. In other words, a man can have only one legal wife, but can live with as many women as will have him, and the state can't prohibit that kind of household. Maybe I've misunderstood, but I don't think I have.

    Why anyone would want to do that . . . but, then, I'm a gay man and don't understand the appeal of heterosexuality at all!

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Dec 17, 2013 11:20:03 AM

  17. Why is Tony Perkins blaming gays for polygamy? Last time I checked, it was a thoroughly heterosexual institution.

    Posted by: Clayton | Dec 17, 2013 11:30:40 AM

  18. CNN is done with real reporting. It's another newsy station that has a bunch of people yelling opinions for entertainment value.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Dec 17, 2013 11:31:23 AM

  19. I'm not going to watch. I've seen enough of the hater Perkins. CNN used to be a good news network. It has really gone downhill in recent years.

    Posted by: john patrick | Dec 17, 2013 11:58:36 AM

  20. @DAN COBB So here's the scenario: the majority of states' legislatures are under Republican control. The Republicans increase their majority in The House, retake majority control of The Senate in 2014. They retake the White House and further increase their majorities in Congress and in the state governments in 2016.

    Then, with majorities firmly in hand, a Republican Congress passes a proposed amendment to the Constitution that recognizes marriage as only that between one man and one woman by a 2/3 majority. The amendment is then sent to the states where 3/4 of the states' legislatures under Republican control ratify the amendment.

    It's that simple. LGBTQ people and women are one or two elections away from having their civil liberties curtailed by a vengeful GOP and its reactionary sycophants.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 17, 2013 12:18:38 PM

  21. 1:15 "impossible to compare the two because [parade of horribles about polygamy]"

    Sounds familiar to me, even if the victims this time are not like me.

    People have an inherent right to freely define their own families without being forced by government, religion, or corporation.

    Let's not attack polygamy (which of course includes same-sex polygamy) when the main problem in relationships usually called polygamous is religion.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 17, 2013 2:25:55 PM

  22. What's surprising here? Nothing whatsoever. This is one of the anti-gay hells/worlds if the multiverse hypothesis is true. In this world, gays are blamed for EVERYTHING. Earthquakes? Tornadoes? Meteors? Heterosexual divorce rate? Negative birth rates? Heterosexual domestic violence? The rape of women?! Blame the gays! Gays are the go-to scapegoat for anything and everything that ails the dirty anti-gay heterosexual population accross the world.

    Posted by: Surrealness | Dec 17, 2013 2:27:26 PM

  23. "Polygamy is outlawed because it deprives men of potential wives. If you're not wealthy enough, you end up not being able to marry because there are fewer available women."

    No, it is outlawed because it undercuts the power of women by giving a man more than one sexual and emotional outlet, making him less dependent on any one individual woman. This is why feminists are against it.

    That is really not a valid justification for not allowing women to voluntarily enter into a polygamous relationship with a man (or, for that matter, for a man to enter into a polyandrous relationship with a woman).

    So it is really hard for me to see what the legitimate argument is for allowing two people of the same gender to marry while polygamy is outlawed.

    Not that the jerk in question here is sincere about his concerns--I am just saying that the point is valid even if the messenger is an insincere a-hole.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 17, 2013 3:38:01 PM

  24. I thought free speech was a right.

    Posted by: paul james | Jan 14, 2014 9:46:26 PM

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