Dan Savage has dared Tony Perkins to sue him over recent criticisms, including that Perkins wishes gay teens dead.

During an address at Winona State University, Savage, the editor of Seattle alternative The Stranger and a co-founder of the It Gets Better Project, denounced Perkins, saying that “every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council.”

Perkins “sits on a pile of dead kids every day when he goes to work – and he calls himself a Christian” and “tells the parents of queer kids to do what Tony Perkins damn well knows drives those kids to suicide – doubles their already quadruple risk of suicide.”

Perkins, the president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), hit back during an appearance on Mike Huckabee's radio show.

“As my teenagers would say, he has some issues,” Perkins said. “He is a man with some real deep-seated issues ... and Dan Savage is nowhere near, he's a hundred and eighty degrees from the positions that we have taken. It's wrong and I will tell you this, we are pursuing everything possible to deal with him because he is out of control.”

On Thursday, Savage dared Perkins on his implicit threat to take legal action.

“Sue me, Tony,” he wrote in a blog post. “I'd love to see you talk about my 'issues' on a witness stand.”

“I realize that this isn't how you think the world is supposed to work, Tony. You believe – and you're old enough to remember a time when – people like you were free to say vile and disgusting things about people like me without anyone objecting. Certainly people like me weren't allowed to call people like you out. You still believe you should be free to lie about me and other LGBT people with absolutely impunity – we're all pedophiles and terrorists and Satanists – and that we should have to shut up and take it because … well, I'm not sure why you think we're not allowed to respond when you lie about us.”

“Maybe that's something we could get to the bottom of during the depositions,” he added.