The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

NOM prez to team with man who claims ‘it’s a fact’ homosexuality leads to ‘eternal damnation’

October 01, 2013, by Jeremy Hooper

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, says truly nasty things about us.  I don't just mean nasty things about marriage or any other specific LGBT rights policy—I mean about us, as people.  Tony's record leaves no room for debate about his feelings toward LGBT human beings.

This is just some of it, courtesy of GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project:

-- Says about gay people: “They are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful"..."pawns" of the "enemy.” (See 1:30 mark.)

-- Lumps together Aurora shooting, kidnapping, and openly gay soldiers as three examples of a "nation gone under"

-- Says many gays have an "emptiness within them" (:55) because they are "operating outside of nature" (1:09)

-- Says that gay young people “have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict; homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal.

-- Despite what health experts have said, insists that pedophilia is “a homosexual problem.”

-- The Family Research Council has distributed a pamphlet that claims gay men are more likely to molest children, and supports "reorientation therapy" for gay people

-- The Family Research Council has distributed a pamphlet that begins by likening the logic behind same-sex marriage to the logic behind man-horse marriage (complete with horse graphic)

-- Compares gay legal advocates to terrorists (at 0:31 mark):ack in the 80s and early 90s, I worked with the State Department in anti-terrorism and we trained about 50 different countries in defending against terrorism, and it’s, at its base, what terrorism is, it's a strike against the general populace simply to spread fear and intimidation so that they can disrupt and destabilize the system of government. That's what the homosexuals are doing here to the legal system.”

-- Says: "It doesn't matter what society does, I think within the homosexual, most of them know that this behavior, it's just not right, it's not what we were created to do and it's against God's plan and it's contrary to our nature and the way were were created."

-- Says: “The truth is that we cannot redefine marriage without opening the door to all manner of moral and social evil.

-- Called the It Gets Better project "disgusting," claiming it tells children "that it's okay to be immoral" and constitutes a "concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle"; also called the project a "deceptive lie"

-- Claims "blood of young marines" is on hands of legislators who voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.

-- Claims "people know intuitively that [homosexuality] is morally wrong"

-- Says "it's a fact" that homosexuality leads to "eternal damnation"

-- Linked Secret Service prostitution scandal directly to open service: "[O]ver the weekend we saw the news of the President’s Secret Service detail in Colombia and the issue of them hiring prostitutes and now the White House is outraged about that. Actually in a meeting this morning my staff asked, ‘why should the President be upset’? It was actually legal; it was legal there to do that, so why should we be upset? Well, the fact is we intuitively know it’s wrong, there’s a moral law against that. The same is true for what the President has done to the military enforcing open homosexuality in our military. You can change the law but you can’t change the moral law that’s behind it. You can change the positive law, the law that is created by man, but you can’t change the moral law, it’s wrong. So what you have is you have a total breakdown and you can’t pick and choose. Morality is not a smorgasbord; you can’t pick what you want. I think you’re absolutely right, this is a fundamental issue going forward because if we say ‘let them do what we want,’ what’s next? You cannot maintain moral order if you are willing to allow a few things to slide."

-- Says gays and lesbians are "held captive by the enemy"

-- Claims his kids couldn't be gay because he is "teaching them the right ways that they are to interact as human beings" (3:15-3:39)

-- Compared Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on supersized soft drinks to the "need" to ban homosexuality: "On one hand, he's happy to legislate people's food choices, using the dangers of obesity as justification. On the other, he not only promotes--but forces others to embrace--a sexual behavior that carries just as many public health risks. If that isn't hypocrisy, I don't know what is....On the "Today" show, Bloomberg reiterated that all he wants to do is improve life expectancy. If that's the case, then perhaps the Mayor should reconsider his endorsement of homosexuality, which, as Peter Sprigg explains, is one of the greatest public health hazards in America." 

-- Equates LGBT pride with drunkedness and adultery: "The month of June is Gay Pride Month. Now, I have not yet seen where they have declared Adultery Pride Month, I have not seen where they have declared the Drunkenness Pride Month." 

-- Dedicated seven minutes of a recent radio should to framing scientifically-discredited "ex-gay" therapy as "successful," encouraging gays to "escape the homosexual lifestyle"

-- Claims: "Even if society embraced homosexuality, there would never be that sense of self-fulfillment because it's outside of how God created man and woman, and that's the bottom line.  They can't erase that." 

-- Tells "funny" story about his church converting "big women" into "ex-gays"

-- Claims Uganda bill (with death penalty attached) simply "upholds moral conduct"

-- Compares the "unfortunate experience" and "lifestyle choice" of homosexuality to that of drug abuse

-- Claims court-tested marriage equality will lead to a "revolution" in America

-- Says marriage equality will be "the nail in coffin of marriage" and will "take society down with it"

-- Says Republican Senator Rob Portman should not support his gay son's "choices that are both harmful to [him] and to society as a whole"

-- Says Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy should be impeached simply because of his marriage ruling

-- Says the Ten Commandments should be the law of the land

Tony Perkins [GLAAD CAP]

(*Full disclosure: I work on this GLAAD project as well)

Pretty intense, right?  Tony's clear agenda is to make LGBT people sound harmful to both ourselves and others.  He doesn't even really mask it. 

But even with such a record, Tony still maintains prominent placement within right-leaning circles.  Which brings us to this year's Values Voter Summit and NOM.

As you may or may not know, Tony's Family Research Council hosts an annual summit each fall, called the Values Voter Summit, to which prominent conservative leaders and thinkers flock, speak, and engage the public.  While always there to lead off the speaker roster, At this year's summit, Tony is going to do something atypical for him at this annual event: he's going to actually join a panel and lend his anti-LGBT ideas to a certain cause.

That cause?  Marriage.  And the man who will sit right beside Tony is unity?  None other than NOM president Brian Brown:

[Values Voter Summit schedule]

To those of us who follow this kind of thing, it's not all that surprising to see Tony treated like some mere pragmatic panelist involved in fair marriage debate. But that is simply untrue. Again, just take a quick glance at the above links. Tony has not made any bones about wanting to condemn, misrepresent, demoralize, "change," or deny us (both on Earth and in the afterlife). It's impossible to take the rhetoric further than Tony Perkins has taken it.

And he is NOM's big ally. Telling.