Perkins: Marriage Equality = Worst Inequality Ever

Tony Perkins was among the first wingnut bigots to respond to the federal court ruling requiring the state of Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and he offers one of the most ridiculous and inane reactions imaginable. Get a load of this:

A federal judge today ordered the state to disregard its constitution and recognize out of state same-sex “marriages.” In 2004, 75 percent of Kentucky voters adopted a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement regarding the decision:

“This ruling is another example of the deep betrayal of a judicial system infected with activist judges who are legislating from the bench. If these judges want to change duly enacted laws passed by the people and their representatives, they should resign their life-time appointments to the bench and run for the state legislature or Congress. Judge Heyburn is elevating his own ideology over that of three-quarters of Kentucky voters who voted to preserve marriage in their constitution as it has always been defined

“This ruling comes at a time when the consequences of marriage redefinition are mounting. Increasingly, Americans are being forced to finance and celebrate unions that not only step on free speech and religious liberty but also deny children a mom and a dad. Rather than live-and-let-live, this court by redefining marriage will create a level of inequality that has never been seen in our country as people are forced to suppress or violate the basic teachings of their faith,” concluded Perkins.

Oh yes, of course. Slavery? Nowhere near as much inequality as letting gay people get married. Not allowing women to vote? Surely you jest! Jim Crow laws, lynch mobs and segregation? It pales in comparison to what is happening to Christians today for having to live in a world where gay people are treated equally.

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  • jnorris

    This ruling comes at a time when the consequences of marriage redefinition are mounting. Increasingly, Americans are being forced to finance and celebrate unions that not only step on free speech and religious liberty but also deny children a mom and a dad.

    Please Mr Perkins:

    What are the increasingly mounting consequences of same-sex marriage?

    Where can I go to be forced to celebrate gay weddings? Will there be chocolate cake?

    How has your free speech been stepped on?

    What religious liberties did you lose?

    Are your children now orphans?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Have you seen Kentuckians recently? I went to a gay wedding and the audience was packed with them being forced to celebrate. It was the saddest happy I’ve ever seen.

  • matty1

    preserve marriage in their constitution as it has always been defined

    King Solomon’s wives 2 through to 700 were unavailable for comment.

  • Chiroptera

    I dunno. This seems consistent with the rightwing meme that Christians are persecuted by gays existing.

  • colnago80

    Pissant Perkins also teed off on the federal judge in Virginia for her ruling that the Virginia law on same sex marriage was unconstitutional.

    http://goo.gl/H3sZR7

  • Phillip IV

    a level of inequality that has never been seen in our country

    Well, he’s just being consistent – after all, he is an outspoken supporter of Phil “blacks-were-always-happy-before-wellfare” Robertson and a former BFF of Ann “women’s-suffrage-was-bad-for-the-country” Coulter. No idea about his position on Michelle “Japanese-American-internment-camps-were-justified” Malkin, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he agrees with her, as well – so he’s operating with a list of inequalities that’s already been thinned out considerably.

  • dingojack

    Pfft! Slavery that just sooo 19th century!

    How about this? Nope ‘the ghey’ is much, much worse, eh Tony?

    @@

    DIngo

  • thalwen

    Poor Christians – not being allowed to impose their values on others is totally like slavery and totally like actual Christian persecution in other countries(murder, torture, having your house burned down).

    I love how fundies don’t read their own stupid book – I’ve read the Bible, to say that the foundation of your faith is opposing women and gay rights is not understanding what your God supposedly told you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.eberhard.73 johneberhard

    Another activist judge….this one appointed by that well-known liberal George H. W. Bush.

  • tsig

    I knew Kentucky should have went with the Confederacy so as to avoid just this unpleasant event.

  • matty1

    @8 Have you forgotten what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians? “And if Christ has not been raised, homos are not miserable our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1159674804 robertbaden

    I’m waiting to see a song of gay marriage oppression that matches “Strange Fruit”.

    “Blood on the leaves, and blood at the roots.”

  • tiredofusernamerules

    The idea of Judge Heyburn being “activist” or “liberal” is laughable. He enjoys a reputation as being a moderate conservative who is generally respected by the local bar.

  • Larry

    #2 MO:

    It was the saddest happy I’ve ever seen.

    And that banjo wedding processional music was the saddest dirge I’ve ever heard. And its nigh impossible to have banjo music sound sad.

  • david

    “Rather than live-and-let-live, this court by redefining marriage will create a level of inequality that has never been seen in our country as people are forced to suppress or violate the basic teachings of their faith”

    The US government forced Utah to abandon polygamy in 1890.

  • dingojack

    robertbaden – just to clarify your (very salient) point.

    Dingo

  • Bob Dowling

    @dingojack – Thank you. I had forgotten just how powerful that song is.

  • mikeyb

    I’d simply like to know how allowing gay couples to marry amounts to “deny children a mom and a dad.” What can this possibly mean? If a gay couple exists somewhere in the world, suddenly all children cease to have a mom and a dad. WTF????

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    mikeyb “I’d simply like to know how allowing gay couples to marry amounts to ‘deny children a mom and a dad.'”

    If two gay people get married, the kid has two moms or two dads, resulting in Jesus crying, when what should happen is one gay parent gets married to a non-gay, opposite sex spouse, resulting in the stable, loving home the child deserves.

  • dingojack

    “… but also deny children a mom and a dad.”

    What like Mary and her son you mean? (See how bad he turned out. Executed at 33).

    Dingo

  • laurentweppe

    If a gay couple exists somewhere in the world, suddenly all children cease to have a mom and a dad

    It means you’ll see a lot less gays marrying someone from the opposite sex because of social pressure, have one or two kids with them only to cuckold their spouse once their straight credential have been established.

    Because as we all know, children in loving homes are much less stable than children in homes where the father never loved the mother and the mother despise the father for his lies or vice-versa

  • caseloweraz

    Larry: And that banjo wedding processional music was the saddest dirge I’ve ever heard. And its nigh impossible to have banjo music sound sad.

    I guess you never heard the banjo intro to “Tom Dooley.” And the words!

    This next song tells the story of a Mr. Grayson, a beautiful woman, and a condemned man named Tom Dooley. When the sun rises tomorrow, Tom Dooley will be forced to celebrate a same-sex marriage. Mr. Grayson’s marriage to the beautiful woman will dissolve as a result.

    I tell you, even Kentuckians don’t know how deep this depravity goes.

    /snark

  • hunter

    Do I detect a note of desperation? It seems that Perkins’ rhetoric is getting more and more shrill as more and more judges — and legislatures — opt for real American ideals — such as equality under the law.

    (And if you look at the FRC’s position on all sorts of issues, it becomes quite plain that Perkins and his hate group are diametrically opposed to America’s fundamental values.)