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Tony Perkins Compares Dealing With Gays To Negotiating With Satan And Iran: AUDIO

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The ever elegant president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, compared dealing with gays to negotiating with Iran and Satan reports Right Wing Watch. Perkins issued his lofty statements on his radio program Washington Watch, proclaiming his agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. shouldn’t negotiate with Iran (Netanyahu actually expressed he supports diplomatic talks in principle) quoting Ronald Reagan’s "We don’t negotiate with terrorists." Perkins went on to say Jesus didn’t negotiate with the Devil, and that negotiating with 'cultural totalitarians' should be dealt with in the same way.

Said Perkins:

"Did Jesus negotiate with the Devil? No, he said, 'Away with you Satan.' He goes on later in the scripture to talk about 'What fellowship has light with darkness.' The same can be said of the cultural totalitarians who want to force everyone to embrace and even celebrate their view of morality. You cannot compromise, you cannot appease. Just ask Gov. (Mike) Pence and others who have compromised their values in an effort to appease these folks. It only increases their aggressiveness and their demands."

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Former Texas GOP Chair: Gay Marriage Could Mean 'End Of America' If State Doesn't Act Before April 28

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With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage later this month, anti-gay activists in Texas are becoming increasingly desperate. 

Last week, we told you how Dr. Steve Hotze, president of the Conservative Republicans of Texas, compared gays to murderers and marriage equality to the Holocaust during a hearing on a bill that would prohibit state funds from being used to issue same-sex marriage licenses. 

Tx2Now, former Texas GOP Chair Cathie Adams (shown above with Sen. Ted Cruz) — who is only slightly more bigoted than the current Republican Party chair — says if Texas doesn't do something to stop same-sex marriage before the high court hears arguments April 28, it could be "the end of America." 

Adams, who now heads the anti-gay Texas Eagle Forum, made the remarks during a speech on Islam this week to a Republican women's group, according to Right Wing Watch:  

She said that while she admired Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s defiance of the federal courts on marriage equality, “Alabama is Alabama.”

“Texas holds a whole lot more power and a whole lot more authority,” she said, “and if we don’t come out and do something before April 28, this could be the end of America.”

“If we don’t get this done by April 28, I don’t know that we’re going to be able to hold back what is happening,” she said. “And folks, if you are a believer, you understand what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah. You understand. And we are on the threshold. “

“I mean, young people in schools, elementary all the way through universities, are being lied to that these people are ‘born this way,’” she continued. “No, they’re not. I’ve met friends who have come out of that lifestyle, I’ve met men who are willing and ready and begging for a bill to come up in the Texas legislature that they can testify in support of in order to defend the right of parents and defend the right of those individuals who choose to seek a way out of sexual perversion.”  

Last year, Adams helped add a plank to the state GOP platform endorsing so-called "ex-gay" therapy. LGBT advocates anticipated a bill mirroring the platform language in the current session, but apparently GOP lawmakers realized they had already done enough damage. Instead, a bill was filed to ban the discredited practice.  

Meanwhile, Adams and other anti-gay activists are calling on the Legislature to pass legislation seeking to exempt Texas from a high court ruling in favor of marriage equality. In recent days, with time running down in the session, anti-LGBT groups have issued action alerts calling on lawmakers to advance the bills. Apparently, they are intent on making Texas the next Indiana and haven't bothered to talk to these folks.

Watch video of Adams' remarks, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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GOP Introduces Resolution To Kill Anti-LGBT Discrimination Ban In D.C. Religious Schools: VIDEO

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A GOP representative has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House calling on Congress to kill a bill passed by the Washington, D.C. City Council that would ban discrimination against LGBT students in religious schools, reports the Washington Blade.

220px-Mark_Meadows,_Official_Portrait,_113th_CongressThe resolution presented by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) was co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) and Values Voter Summit attendee Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) (right).

In a statement issued Wednesday explaining her opposition to the D.C. Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014, Hartzler - who has compared same-sex marriage to polygamy, incest and pedophilia - said:

“By passing this act, the D.C. City Council has infringed on the fundamental right of religious freedom. No faith-based school should be forced to endorse, fund, or sponsor groups that do not share their beliefs.”

The 2014 legislation calls for repealing a provision in the 1989 D.C. Human Rights Act exempting religious schools from having to comply with the Human Rights Act’s ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Hartzler has also introduced a resolution seeking to kill the D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act which would ban employers from discriminating based on their personal reproductive health decisions.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled a markup hearing to finalize the second resolution. It is not yet known if the committee intends to markup Hartzler’s resolution targeting the Human Rights Amendment Act during that same hearing.

Hartzler opponents said the resolutions are unlikely to pass. Instead, she aims to gain support for the ultimate goal which is to kill both bills by persuading Congress to attach an amendment to the D.C. appropriations bill blocking the city from implementing the two measures.

In 2011, Hartzler told a gay med student that he "shouldn't feel bad" about a constitutional amendment she helped pass banning same-sex marriage in Missouri because gays were already banned from marrying by statute.

Watch her try to explain her opposition to same-sex marriage to the student in question, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Marco Rubio Talks 'Religious Freedom' and Gay Marriage with NPR

GOP presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)  sat down with NPR's Steve Inskeep yesterday and the topic of "religious freedom" bills and gay marriage came up.

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NPR's INSKEEP: Let me ask about a domestic issue. In recent weeks, the state of Indiana passed a Religious Freedom law, which was interpreted by many as discrimination, by others, as protection for people who don't want to take part in gay marriage. You defended the law and spoke about the hypothetical example of a florist who was asked to participate in a gay marriage and wanted to refuse. You said that person should have the right to follow their religious beliefs. Indiana, though, has since changed the law. Do you still support that concept?

SEN. RUBIO: Well, to be fair, I haven't read the change in detail to give you an opinion on it specifically, but I'll tell you where I stand. I don't believe you can discriminate against people. So I don't believe it's right for a florist to say, I'm not going to provide you flowers because you're gay. I think there's a difference between not providing services to a person because of their identity, who they are or who they love, and saying, I'm not going to participate in an event, a same-sex wedding, because that violates my religious beliefs. There's a distinction between those two things. So, certainly, you can't not — it's immoral and wrong to say, I'm not going to allow someone who's gay or lesbian to use my restaurant, stay in my hotel, or provide photography service to them because they're gay. The difference here is, we're not talking about discriminating against a person because of who they are, we're talking about someone who's saying — what I'm talking about, anyway, is someone who's saying, I just don't want to participate as a vendor for an event, a specific event that violates the tenets of my faith.

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Mike Huckabee Says Friendly Call Between Obama And Michael Sam Is Sign Of America’s ‘Utter Collapse’

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Mike Huckabee appeared at a "Family Leadership Regional Summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader. The potential GOP presidential candidate remarked that the fact President Obama telephoned Michael Sam after the football player came out is a sign of America’s "utter collapse," reports Right Wing Watch. Huckabee also decried boycotts against anti-gay businesses, calling it "economic terrorism."

Said Huckabee:

"The values that so many of us hold dear are values that are under assault today. I never believed that in such a short period of time, the culture in America would go into utter collapse. If you told me just a few years ago that one day the President of the United States would use his precious time in the Oval Office to call people up simply to congratulate them for being gay, I would say, 'No, surely he'll call a veteran and thank them for their service, for losing a limb or a leg,' but even when Chris Kyle was murdered, his widow didn't get a phone call, but a gay football player who came out did."

Huckabee punctuated his statements with warnings that religious liberty is under attack in America, specifically citing the boycott against Chick-Fil-A several years ago after the company donated millions to anti-gay groups.

Watch Huckabee’s "Chicken Little"-like view on the collapse of American culture, AFTER THE JUMP

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WATCH LIVE: Sen. Marco Rubio Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is announcing his entry into the 2016 presidential race in Miami.

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