Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), has criticized House Speaker John Boehner's support for openly gay GOP candidates.

When asked last week by a reporter whether he backs efforts by the Republican Party to support gay House candidates, Boehner replied, “I do.”

(Related: John Boehner says “I do” to gay candidates Richard Tisei, Carl DeMaio.)

“What's the purpose of the Republican platform if the party isn't looking for candidates who uphold it?” Perkins rhetorically asked during a press conference.

He added in an email to The Christian Post: “[T]he GOP's latest sideshow comes at the expense of the party's greatest opportunity: Capitalizing on America's disgust for Obamacare.”

“At the end of the day, conservatives and homosexual activists cannot coexist in a movement predicated on virtues that pre-date positive law,” he said.

Perkins accused Republicans of being “willing to compromise on principle to win.”

“You can't build a bigger tent if someone is sawing down one of the polls,” he added.

(Related: Peter LaBarbera applauds Rep. Randy Forbe's opposition to gay GOP candidates.)