Perkins: Patriots Unpatriotic for Supporting Marriage Equality

Perkins: Patriots Unpatriotic for Supporting Marriage Equality March 23, 2015

The New England Patriots joined two other professional sports franchises and more than 300 corporations in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court supporting marriage equality. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council thinks this makes them unpatriotic.

The New England Patriots didn’t just deflate footballs — they’ve deflated Americans’ respect in professional sports. Hi, I’m Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. A month after winning the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots are stepping onto another turf: the marriage debate. This month, the Patriots didn’t exactly live up to their name when they joined baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants in asking the Supreme Court to overturn the votes of millions of Americans who voted to uphold natural marriage. They argue that state laws protecting marriage “hamper employer efforts to recruit and retain the most talented workforce possible in these states.” But if the latest polling is any indication, Americans aren’t exactly fans of these teams’ agenda. Now that people are starting to see the fallout of same-sex marriage, Rasmussen is finding that more people actually oppose same-sex marriage than support — 44% to 42%. So if the Patriots are trying to move the goal post on marriage, they might want to change their game plan.

Yes, always cherry pick the one poll that supports your position. And by all means, ignore all the other ones that clearly don’t. If your audience was made up of thinking people, this would hurt your credibility.

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