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04/19/2007


FRC's Tony Perkins Says Military's Gay Policies Discriminate Against Straight Soldiers

Straight soldiers are being discriminated against by the U.S. military, according to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. Why? Because gay service members who want to marry are getting paid leave so they can travel to a state where it's legal to do so. Perkins whines that straight soldiers don't get the same benefits, Right Wing Watch reports.

T_perkinsOf course, Perkins overlooks the easiest solution that would remove this "discriminatory" situation. Let gays marry in all 50 states.

Says Perkins:

For our troops, marriage is becoming the biggest battlefield. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Thanks to the Pentagon, taxpayers are giving gay service members quite a wedding gift. According to the Defense Department, homosexual troops are getting some extra incentives to get hitched--including 10 days of bonus leave. The AP says gay and lesbian military members will get as many as two weeks of extra vacation time to travel to states that allow same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, the Defense Department says it "remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who service in the U.S. military... are treated fairly." If that were true, heterosexual couples would be getting the same benefits. See, this special, taxpayer-funded leave isn't just expensive--it's discriminatory. According to the Pentagon, heterosexual couples aren't eligible. How's that for equality? The administration says this perk "level[s] the playing field between opposite-sex and same-sex couples." But when it comes to extra vacation days, the only thing the military is taking leave of is their senses!

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FRC's Tony Perkins Calls for Boycott of Betty Crocker Over Gay Wedding Cakes: AUDIO

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(image from minnesota public radio - mpr - see their story here)

Family Research Council's Tony Perkins is calling on his followers to boycott Betty Crocker because of the company's support for gay couples, Right Wing Watch reports:

PerkinsPerkins was outraged that Betty Crocker donated custom cakes to three gay Minnesota couples who were married after the state legalized same-sex marriage, and upset that a company spokesman said that “Betty celebrates all families.” Perkins warned that Betty Crocker’s “latest promotion is a recipe for disaster” and claimed that it is offensive to a majority of Americans who have already “made it tough on companies like Target, Starbucks and JC Penney” for not opposing gay rights.

“When you’re at the store, think outside the Betty Crocker box!”

Listen to Perkins's call for action, below:


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

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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.


Family Research Council Heralds' 'Ex-Gay Pride Month' with Launch of Two New Hate Organizations

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Hate group Family Research Council is planning a dinner and reception to announce two new 'ex-gay' rights organizations and a line-up of familiar anti-gay wingnuts has been invited to speak, the HuffPost reports:

The event is scheduled for the end of July, just weeks after the Supreme Court's landmark rulings in favor of gay rights. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been extended an invitation as an honorable attendee.

The Family Research Council's legislative affiliate, FRC Action, will officially launch two new ex-gay rights organizations, Voice of the Voiceless and Equality and Justice For All, during the dinner in Washington, D.C., on July 31.

"Come celebrate the lives of former homosexuals and hear about their unique stories and achievements!" reads the invitation.

In addition to Bachman, the Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint, the Liberty Counsel's Matthew Staver and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) -- who on Friday introduced a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage -- have all been invited to speak.


Right-Wing Group Calls For States To Secede Over SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

Renew America, a right-wing group that has previously published articles pondering whether gay marriage will bring about the Anti-Christ, reacted to the recent Supreme Court marriage equality victories by asking which states should begin seceding from the union.

Paul Craft, webmaster of JesusChristSaves.org writes: Statemap

June 26, 2013, is the beginning of the end for the United States of America. Christians, conservatives, and liberals to a small degree, who believe in the Judeo-Christian values of our forefathers will find them boxed in by the government police… From my perspective, for us to follow the laws handed down by God, we have only one option and that is to secede from the union…

The big question is, what state or states would secede from the union? My belief is if just one state would secede others would shortly follow because things will only get worse. If a new nation is formed under the Laws given down by God and the values passed down by our forefathers, this new nation will be blessed. The new nation can take the constitution as handed down by our forefathers since America is in the process of abandoning it.

Craft's article fits within Renew America's usual offerings — earlier this year they published an article entitled, "Satan's 10 commandments to the homosexual lobby".

Craft's rhetoric also follows a trend of right-wing calls to war over the legalization of gay marriage: last week, the so-called American Decency Association called the rulings "as bad as Pearl Harbor" and several prominent conservative leaders signed a pledge urging citizens to defy the court ruling. Last year, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said legalizing gay marriage would lead to revolution and several years back, National Organization for Marriage board member Orson Scott Card wrote an essay calling for Americans to rise up and destroy any government that attempts to redefine marriage.

For those of you interested in what the United Gaytes of America will look like after all the non-marriage states secede, click on the image above. (Image via McClatchy-Tribune)


Family Research Council Debuts 'On Our Knees for America' Campaign with Suggestive New Logo

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Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed points out that the logo and tagling for Family Research Council's new post-SCOTUS campaign is more than a little suggestive.

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