Tony Perkins praised a House
resolution introduced Tuesday that condemns a federal judge's ruling
that struck down California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.
The resolution was sponsored by Texas
Congressman Lamar Smith. Also backing the measure are Republican
representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa and
John Fleming of Louisiana.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn
Walker's 138-page ruling delivered on Wednesday declares Proposition
8 to be unconstitutional.
“I applaud Rep. Smith for introducing
a resolution that condemns Judge Walker's flawed decision and urges
its appeal,” Perkins, president of the social conservative group
Family Research Council, said. “As the resolution points out,
Judge Walker is a single judge who thinks he knows better than seven
million Californians and voters in more than 30 states who have
approved marriage amendments.”
“I thank Congressman Lamar Smith and
his colleagues for introducing this resolution that counters Judge
Walker's notion that a child doesn't deserve a mother and a father.”
Perkins also reiterated his “social
science” argument first leveled on Sunday while debating David
Boies, a member of the legal team that challenged the law, on CBS'
Face the Nation.
In the segment, Perkins said Walker
“ignored a lot of the social science in his opinion.”
Boies disagreed, and called such
evidence “junk science.”
“Well, it's easy to sit around and
debate and throw around opinions – appeal to people's fear and
prejudice, cite studies that either don't exist or don't say what you
say they do.”
“But when they come into court and
they have to support those opinions and they have to defend those
opinions under oath and cross-examination, those opinions just melt
away. And that's what happened here. There simply wasn't any
evidence. There weren't any of those studies. There weren't any
empirical studies. That's just made up. That's junk science.”
The House resolution is mostly symbolic
and not expected come up for a vote.