Tony Perkins, president of the
Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), believes only a
“very small minority” supports the legalization of gay marriage.
Perkins authored the marriage plank in
the 2012 Republican Platform, which was ratified by Republicans
meeting in Tampa on Tuesday.
The document supports a federal
“constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man
and one woman” and “campaigns underway in several other states
to” amend their constitutions to define marriage as a heterosexual
union. The platform also criticizes President Barack Obama's
decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) –
the 1996 law which bars federal agencies from recognizing the legal
marriages of gay and lesbian couples – in court.
In remarks to CNSNews.com, Perkins
disagreed with the Democratic Party's draft platform, which supports
“I think this is the year of
contrast. This is the year of contrast when you look at the party
platforms. The Republican Party has very strong language as it
pertains to natural, traditional marriage. The Democratic Party [is]
going the way of a very small minority in this country and embracing
same-sex marriage, which undermines the 32 states that have voted on
this – the 30 states that have constitutional amendments. I think
that's in your face to those states that have constitutional
amendments,” said Perkins. (The video is embedded on this page.
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