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May 25th, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Perkins on opposing same-sex marriage

(CNN)–Tony Perkins, head of the conservative Family Research Council, argues that children lose when gay marriage is legalized and that such unions represent the death knell of marriage.

Perkins  spoke with CNN's Brooke Baldwin.

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  1. Reality

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS––>>>>>>>>>>

    "Abrahamics" like Perkins believe that their god created all of us and of course that includes the g-ay members of the human race. Also, those who have studied ho-mo-se-xuality have determined that there is no choice involved therefore ga-ys are ga-y because god made them that way.

    To wit:

    1. The Royal College of Psy-chiatrists stated in 2007:

    “ Despite almost a century of psy-choanalytic and psy-chological speculation, there is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person’s fundamental heteros-exual or hom-ose-xual orientation. It would appear that s-exual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of ge-netic factors and the early ut-erine environment. Se-xual orientation is therefore not a choice.[60] "

    2. "Garcia-Falgueras and Swaab state in the abstract of their 2010 study, "The fe-tal brain develops during the intraut-erine periodin the male direction through a direct action of tes-tosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hor-mone surge. In this way, our gender identi-ty (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and s-exual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender ident–ity or s-exual orientation."[8

    3. See also the Philadelphia Inquirer review “Gay Gene, Deconstructed”, 12/12/2011. Said review addresses the following “How do genes associated with ho-mose-xuality avoid being weeded out by Darwinian evolution?”

    Of course, those gays who belong to Abrahamic religions are supposed to obey the rules of no adu-ltery or for-nication allowed.

    And because of basic biology differences said monogamous ventures should always be called same-s-ex unions not same-s-ex marriages.

    From below, on top, backwards, forwards, from this side of the Moon and from the other side too, gay se-xual activity is still mutual masturbation caused by one or more complex se-xual differences. Some differences are visually obvious in for example the complex maleness of DeGeneres, Billy Jean King and Rosie O'Donnell.

    Yes, heteros-exuals practice many of the same "moves" but there is never a doubt who is the female and who is the male.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  2. Jeff

    As a Christian, this bothers me a great deal. Why vilify a group of people? I don't understand the reasoning here. I do think hom.ose.xuality is wrong, but I'm not going to put that belief on someone else. If someone asks, I'll answer honestly, but that's all. Equal rights should be afforded to us all...no exceptions.

    To this issue, I think divorce is much more damaging to a child than being raised in a happy, hom.ose.xual home.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Think for yourself

      I could not have said it better.

      May 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • martog

      THANK YOU!

      May 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      GOD:

      I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

      Revelation 22:13

      HUMANS:

      (For we [are but of] yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth [are] a shadow:)

      Job 8:9

      Amen

      May 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  3. Alien Orifice

    These are wonderful times. The ignorant h.o.m.o.phobes will soon lose their voice. Obama has finally spoken the truth and now the dominos will fall.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Reality

      BO has a long way to go considering he still believes in god, angels and atonement theology. When he finally tells the truth about these, then I will listen.

      May 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Sadly, Mr. Orifice, I wouldn't hold my breath. I offer up interracial marriage as an example. When Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving had the audacity to fall in love and marry, 94% of the public nationwide said interracial marriage was wrong. By the time SCOTUS ruled on it 10 years later – in 1968 – 74% said interracial marriage was wrong. If we had waited until at least 50% +1 of the public nationwide approved of interracial marriage, we would have waited until 1997!

      But wait! There's more! In a Public Policy Polling survey from April 2011, 46% of republicans in Mississippi still said that interracial marriage should be illegal.

      In case some of the ignorant fundiots missed that, let me repeat it – in 2011, in modern day Mississippi, almost half of republicans STILL think that those "colored" folks have no business marrying us white folks.

      May 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  4. Primewonk

    Pervert Alert seems to be yet another of those sockpuppet trolls who spend an inordinate amount of time fantasizing about and fixating on what gay men do sèxually. Yet he never comments on what lesbian women do sèxually.

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

    May 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  5. Primewonk

    Family Research Council? Why is that name familiar?

    Say! Wasn't one of their founding board members a guy named George Rekers? Wasn't Dr. Rekers one of the big-wigs in the anti-gay movement? Wasn't he one of thee folks vilifying gay folks, wanting to enact legislation legalizing discrimination against them? Wasn't he one of the leaders of the reparitive therapy movement, claiming he could "cure" folks of their gayness?

    And isn't Geoge Rekers the exact same hômophobic fundiot bigot who got caught metaphorically speaking with his pants dowm – with a rentable boy-toy on an all expense vacation?

    Wonder how close George and Tony were?

    May 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • nope

      nope.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • yep

      Yep.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • sam

      Yes, that would be our darling little ray of sunshine. He and Tony were likely attached at the hip.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • LinCA

      There is a strong correlation between homophobia and arousal by homosexual imagery.
      See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8772014

      May 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Lin, thanks for that link. I was not aware of that ! 😈

      May 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  6. Bootyfunk

    this is truly one of the most hateful, evil men in america.

    May 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Your average qu-eer cannot stand the light of Truth.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • pervert alert

      I mean, I should know – I keep finding qu-eers and asking them to bend over so I can shine a light up where the sun usually don't shine, and they don't like me looking there.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Wrath of Crom

      Your average bigot can not stand the progression of modern society and civil rights for all humans.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  7. kjrussell

    I may never quote Fox news again, but tey found this for me:

    •The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) indicate that Jesus died before nightfall on the 14th day of Nisan; right before the start of the Passover meal.
    •John’s gospel differs from the synoptics; apparently indicating that Jesus died before nightfall on the 15th day of Nisan.

    Yes folks, even the FOX NEWS people know the Bible conflicts with itself on some important issues.
    Once you know it has mistakes, shouldn't that make you wonder just how reliable the othre parts are?
    Like the parts that promote judgement and hate instead of acceptance and love?

    May 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • nope

      nope

      May 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Wrath of Crom

      Truth hurts. Yep.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  8. Russ

    Brooke Baldwin & Bill O'Reilly have this much in common: unbiased, objective news journalism.

    Seriously, isn't this just Fox News style reporting from the other side of the tracks? Why do we need to hear the interviewer's bias? If the roles were reversed, how many of these favorable comments would be incredulous that a so-called "objective" news interview was carried on this way?

    May 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • momoya

      @ Russ

      She did the job required.. A journalist is supposed to ask tough questions.. She didn't even put forth an opinion.. What "bias" are you imagining, here?

      May 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      The truth is biased against bigots.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • mandarax

      "It's well known that facts have a strong liberal bias" – Stephen Colbert

      May 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Russ

      @ momoya & mandarax: thank you for demonstrating my point. we are often blind to our own bias. and, as I said, put it to the test: if that's really so "unbiased," why don't we see similar behaviors & styles of questioning offered against the g.ay lobby (cutting off the speaker, visibly agitated with the interviewee's responses, etc.)?

      @ mandarax: you do know that stephen colbert does satire, right?

      @ MarkinFL: yes, and the truth reveals who the bi.gots are on both sides. it amazes me sometimes how much the far left and far right look alike.

      May 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  9. Primewonk

    Perkins and his ilk are such fundiot liars.

    From http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/118/1/349.full#sec-23

    There is ample evidence to show that children raised by same-gender parents fare as well as those raised by heterosèxual parents. More than 25 years of research have docûmented that there is no relationship between parents' sèxual orientation and any measure of a child's emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral adjustment. These data have demonstrated no risk to children as a result of growing up in a family with 1 or more gay parents. Conscientious and nurturing adults, whether they are men or women, heterosèxual or hômosèxual, can be excellent parents. The rights, benefits, and protections of civil marriage can further strengthen these families.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • pervert alert

      BULL SH IT

      May 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • just sayin

      pervert alert just responded with the one word he knows best about himself....

      May 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • just sayin

      Pervert alert has spoken as close to Truth as one can get in response to primewonk. God bless

      May 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • just sayin

      I wish I could make up my mind about what I think. Maybe I can't because my legs are so cold without pants.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Helen Waite has your pants. What are you stupid or something ? Go to her and get what you got coming.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Pervert Alert posted BULLSHlT to my posting of valid peer-reviewed scientific research supporting my contention that Perkins and his ilk are big fat fûcking liars.

      However, what this ignorant fundiot didn't do – what cretins like him NEVER do, is refute the the actual science, the actual evidence. The never do this. And they never explain why they refuse to refute it..

      May 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Qu-eers don't have science, qu-eers revel in filth.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • pervert alert

      And by 'filth' I mean Cinemax. They keep coming over to my house and making me watch it.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Wrath of Crom

      Its disgusting that two men would kiss each other. Its ok too touch your siblings or cousins however – so says Pervert Alert. Adam and Eve were incestuous so obviously god condones it.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • just sayin

      @Dodney she said she doesn't have them, I am so confused

      May 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  10. Jim McCloud

    Brooke, you were terrific and your persistence went far beyond most journalists of today. When he protested that schools were coming between what parents teach their children, I thought of the KKK and what they tell their children. Thank God for the schools. You exposed Perkins for the hateful, bigoted jerk that he is. Thank you.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Primewonk

      while I thought she did an OK job, why didn't she nail this cretin to wall? Why didn't she bring up any of the dozens and dozens of research projects showing that these cretins are lying? Better yet, why didn't she bring in any of the experts whose research has shown that kids raised by gay parents fair just as well (if not better) than straight parents.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • momoya

      Exactly, Primewonk.. Journalists let christards get away with far too much bullsh!t slinging.. It'd be more helpful for EVERYONE if it was called out each and every time (or as much as possible)

      May 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  11. J.W

    The children are always used as an excuse, but what evidence is there that it harms children?

    May 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Probably the same amount of evidence as there is that Jesus rose from the grave, or that Moses parted the Red Sea.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  12. Rational Libertarian

    Wow, a conservative Christian group which has been listed as a hate group in the past is opposed to gay marriage.

    This just in, Christopher Hitchens was an atheist.

    Seriously, what do you think the odds are that this idiot Perkins will be found blowing some gay gigalo in a dank motel room?

    May 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • sam

      Astronomically high.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  13. momoya

    After watching the vid:

    1. If, in fact, as the ant-gay marriage folks assert, this issue will hurt Obama in the polls, why not applaud him on his honesty?. Why not thank him for putting his values above his desire for re-election?. Why act as if Obama should NOT be honest in order to gain more votes?. It seems more like the idea of him losing votes over this is just wishful thinking on their part..

    2. When Perkins was asked why it was that in one state the offered gay marriage the divorce rate DROPPED, he claimed that the decline in divorce was due to less people entering into the marriage contract.. Okay, so what's the problem, Tony?. If there's less divorce BECAUSE of less marriages, then that means more people who would have gone through the often-hurtful process of divorce aren't making the initial mistake of marriage.. Right?

    May 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      If fewer people got married, more people must be boinking out of wedlock, unless someone can show that people have become more chaste, and I would say that there's a higher probability of there being a god than that. Anyway, Perkins should have been outraged about all the hetro adultery that must be going on and which likely has a far greater affect on hetro families than what gay marriage would.

      May 26, 2012 at 1:27 am |
  14. just sayin

    Can't understand why anyone listens to this fool. Who let him out of the basement, anyway?

    btw, has anyone seen my pants?

    May 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Helen Waite has them . Go to her.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  15. WASP

    pro-marriage my ass. these pri-cks are only pro-themselves. they wouldn't know equality if it jumped up and bite them on the ass.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  16. bi bi bye

    there is no equality until such time i am allowed to marry my girlfriend and my boyfriend.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • momoya

      You'd be surprised how many people can't grasp that simple logic.. At least this straight person is fighting for your equal rights!! My thoughts are with you. 🙂

      May 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  17. pervert alert

    With all that America is needing right now, why are people wasting time on a small gang of whiny qu-eers?

    May 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • just sayin

      Because you need attention, you little queer.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • just sayin

      America needs less of YOU. The whole world needs less of you.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Two qu-eers heard from. Not even original enough to think up their own aliases.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      With all the problems in our country why is half the electorate obsessed with denying a right to several million citizens? Try taking up a cause that actually helps someone for once.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Open a hunting season on qu-eers. Licence in all states and territories with no limit.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • pervert alert

      I say that because I love the taste of queer.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • just sayin

      You should take that back, perv – one of the first people to be shot would be you when you set everyone's gaydar off X1000.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • pervert alert

      I want a lot of que-ers to 'shoot' me in the face.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • just sayin

      I KNEW IT

      May 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

      Only in YOUR imagination. Preaching about an IMAGINARY magical being that will solve all your problems is VERY UNHEALTHY for CHILDREN!
      Teaching how to use science and rational thought to solve your problems is VERY HEALTHY for CHILDREN and ALL human beings!

      May 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  19. MarkinFL

    I'm pro-marriage too. For any pair of consenting adults.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  20. yeahalright

    Who's your type as far as gay prosti-tutes Tony? How long till they come out?

    May 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
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