Tony Perkins, the president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), compared being gay to drug abuse during an opening event of the group's Values Voter Summit.

In 2010, FRC was labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The group said FRC earned the designation because “it engages in baseless, incendiary name-calling and spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community.”

Speaking at a luncheon at the National Press Club, Perkins condemned the SPLC for its “bitter characterization.”

When asked if he would disown one of his children if he or she turned out to be gay, Perkins said no, but added that he could not approve, either.

“I would not disown my children for anything, but let me say this. … I believe that as a parent I have a responsibility for the environment in which I raise my children. And I believe as a parent we have the ability to protect them from a lot of unfortunate experiences that have shaping influences upon their lives.”

“We can do our very best job as a parent and still something may happen. Whether they end up in drugs or whether they end up in some other lifestyle that they end up in. … They're our children. We'll always love them, but we don't necessarily condone what they do. And if we really love them, we'll be willing to tell them the truth that the choices they have made to continue in what they are doing are both destructive to them personally and to society as a whole,” he said.

(Source: Think Progress.)