Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), has accused advocates of marriage equality of intolerance.

Appearing on Fox News' Huckabee, Perkins lamented Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's recent announcement that he no longer would publicly discuss the topic of marriage as it relates to gay couples.

(Related: Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy says he'll leave gay marriage to politicians.)

“The first thing that came to mind was that people eat chicken but they don't respect it,” Perkins told host Mike Huckabee about his reaction to Cathy's decision. “And I think, as you well put it, I think we're seeing those in the business community becoming cowards. … I am grateful 238 years ago there were those who founded this nation and put a greater value on our freedoms and our liberties that they did seeking favors from government to open up a new store.”

“We were told a few years ago this was all about two people who love each other, that's all it's about, about them being able to live together and marry. We're finding out it's about a lot more than that. Tolerance is a one-way street for these individuals. What they want to do is force the rest of America not to just tolerate but to embrace and celebrate what they are doing. They want to redefine America. As the president said, they want to radically transform this country.”

Equality advocates are winning “in large part because many even conservative business owners, who are fearful of these protests, these attacks, are simply going silent.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Huckabee added that “nobody” is targeting left-leaning CEOs such as Starbuck's Howard Schultz for their support of marriage equality.

Writing at Right Wing Watch, Brian Tashman correctly pointed out that Perkins has led boycotts against companies over their support of gay rights, including Starbucks, Wal-Mart and Betty Crocker.

“Despite this clear double standard, Perkins continues to get away with his claim that only gay rights advocates target businesses and that Religious Right activists – always the victim – would never ever do such a thing,” Tashman wrote.