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Here Are All The Anti-Gay Haters Who Attended The Signing of Mississippi's 'License To Discriminate' Bill

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We already identified one of the anti-gay leaders who attended the recent signing of Mississippi’s “license to discriminate bill.” But Nick Nicholas identified everyone else who attended the signing — most of them had a direct hand in its creation and eventual passage.

So to continue Nick's good work, we’ve dug up anti-gay dirt on each of the men pictured above and put it in a handy list just for you!

- Jameson Taylor: a supervisor of policy research at the “pro-family” (ie. anti-gay) Mississippi Center for Public Policy who haspersonally written about how “the homosexual lifestyle” will erode “free exercise of religion.”

- Joey Hood: a Mississippi state representative who voted for the anti-gay bill.

- Reverend David Tipton Jr.: the superintendent of the Mississippi District of the United Pentecostal Church who signed a letter to the state governor saying that opponents of the bill were “out-of-state, anti-religious special interest groups.” Y’know, like the ACLU.

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Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins Call Dan Cathy 'Coward' for Chick-fil-A Retreat on Anti-Gay Stance: VIDEO

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Mike Huckabee and Dan Cathy went after Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy on FOX News program Huckabee over the weekend, reacting to the Chick-fil-A CEO's recent statements that he wants to put the company's anti-gay controversy behind him (even though his personal views haven't changed).

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"I think we're seeing those in the business community becoming cowards."

Asked Huckabee:

"Why is it that businesses would capitulate to the pressure and demands to just shut up and go away and not say anything when nobody is asking the Left to do that?"

Added Perkins:

"Tolerance is a one-way street for these individuals. What they want to do is force the rest of America not to just to tolerate but to celebrate what they're doing. They want to redefine America...They're doing it in large part because many, even conservative business owners who are fearful of these attacks, are going silent. They're going dark on these issues. They're capitulating. And that's just allowing this group to roll over our freedoms and liberties...What they're wanting to do is silence the vast majority of Americans who disagree with them."

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Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Attended MS 'License To Discriminate' Bill Signing

Eagle Eye opposition research blogger Jeremy Hooper noticed that one of the people attending Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant's signing of the "license to discriminate" law was hate-group leader Tony Perkins.

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A week ago, I showed you how the Family Research Council, one of the most anti-LGBT organizations in the country, had assembled a team of very hostile voices in order to advocate for Mississippi's version of one of those Arizona-style license-to-discriminate bills that are making their way across the country.  The team, led by FRC president Tony Perkins, framed their advocacy as being against "the homosexual agenda" and they admitted in a latter to MS lawmakers that LGBT people are "those who engage in behavior we find objectionable."  There is no denying that they saw this as a fight against LGBT people and rights...

FRC president Tony Perkins was actually at the bill signing, joining local lawmakers and the governor for what they considered a triumphant moment.  Of the small handful of invitees, Tony was one of the only non-elected officials (and/or non-Mississippi residents) to be there.  He had no real ties other than the fact that he, as one of the strongest practitioners of the anti-LGBT arts, sees this bill as a boon to his cause.  

Although it's really no big surprise that the governor invited Mr. Perkins.  Again, Tony and his equally LGBT-hostile team of advocates pushed and pushed hard for this, one of the many bills that the anti-LGBT movement is trying to dupe state legislatures into passing.  The governor was likely grateful for Tony's handiwork against "those who engage in behavior we find objectionable."

Perkins has repeatedly been invited on television as a conservative and evangelical expert without any mention whatsoever about his ties to a hate group.


Rep. Louie Gohmert Applauds Mississippi’s Religious Freedom Law Against 'Intolerant’ Gays: AUDIO

GohmertRep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), perhaps the nuttiest anti-gay bigot in the House, is very much pleased with Mississippi’s new law that will allow businesses to turn away LGBT people as an “exercise of religion.”

Right Wing Watch reports that on Family Research Council’s radio show Thursday, FRC president Tony Perkins was joined by Gohmert and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant in an anti-gay kumbaya to celebrate Mississippi's ability to do what Arizona and Kansas could not. While there, Gohmert gushed on Bryant, saying:

Governor, we are so proud, you have set such a wonderful example of real freedom. You’ve seen it first hand, there is nobody more intolerant in this country than those that are screaming for tolerance. Christians are not intolerant but whoa, goodness these people that have their leftist agenda that are so intolerant so thanks for having the courage to stand up. 

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Anti-Gay American Evangelicals Depicted as the Hateful Cartoon Characters They Are: VIDEO

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Political cartoonist Mark Fiore calls out anti-gay hatemongers Bryan FischerScott Lively, Tony Perkins and Rick Warren for playing ignorant after encouraging Uganda to pass its horrendous law which penalizes LGBT people with life imprisonment. 

Fiore writes:

"Since Uganda's anti-gay law was signed recently, it's been amusing (and maddening) to watch various religious right characters scurry for cover. When nobody was watching, the holier-than-thou set have been visiting Uganda preaching their extreme anti-gay views. Now that people are appalled at Uganda's life-in-prison-for-homosexuals law, the "evangelical" right-wing preachers are laying low or rewriting history."

And if you enjoy this video, you'll love Fiore's takes on Arizona’s discrimination licenseRepublicans love gay marriage and straights who have been injured by gay marriage.

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Fox News Welcomes Hate Group Leader to Discuss the Veto of Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO

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In a particularly offensive, though not entirely surprising segment, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked Family Research Council president Tony Perkins about his thoughts regarding Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of Arizona SB1062, which would have allowed business owners and other individuals to refuse service to gay and lesbian patrons based on religious beliefs. Perkins proceeded to demonize the decision, stating that "this is how fundamental freedoms are trampled."

He also denied the relevance of comparing African-American civil rights struggles of the 1950's and 60's and today's issues, saying that most places in Arizona would still allow racial discrimination. But would that happen? "No, because people aren't going to do that," according to Perkins, who in one fell swoop both confirmed and denied the existence of race-based discrimination while continuing to reinforce his own homophobic view, that gay and lesbian people do deserve to have "that," discrimination, directed towards them. 

Media Matters reports:

[Megyn] Kelly's decision to host Perkins to discuss the veto without questioning his rhetoric or providing another guest to counter his views marks an unfortunate reversal from her comments the day before, wherein she acknowledged that Arizona's anti-gay bill was "potentially dangerous." Unfortunately, Perkins' regular status as a Fox guest is in keeping with the network's ongoing attempt to suppress gay rights by suggesting thatthe religious views of business owners should allow them to discriminate against gay customers.

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