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.