The head of the Family Research Council, Toby Perkins, is proposing leaving the GOP to start a new party if republicans embrace marriage equality, Dot429 says:
“If the RNC [Republican National Committee] abandons marriage, evangelicals will either sit the elections out completely – or move to create a third party. Either option puts Republicans on the path to a permanent minority.” The comments came in response to a RNC autopsy report, which sought to understand why Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election and how the party can reach out to more voters. When it came to the issue of marriage equality, the report recommended the party defer from using anti-LGBT rhetoric or risk alienating voters under 30.
Such a move would likely effectively cripple both the GOP and the new party, leaving Democrats an easier path to national electoral dominance. We say good riddance!
Think Progress reports that Perkins isn’t the only one considering leaving:
Mike Huckabee: “They might [decide to support same-sex marriage], and if they do, they’re going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk.”
Gary Bauer: “Shame on the politicians and the judges that are trying to undermine the institution of marriage. I’m a Republican…let me say to my party: if you bail out on this issue, I will leave the party and I will take as many people as I possibly can.”
Matt Staver: “If worst case scenario the last week of June we come down with a bad decision, the church and people of faith and values need to rise up. We just simply cannot allow this to become the law of the land, it will fundamentally change who we are, it will fundamentally weaken the family and religious freedom will be in the crosshairs.”
Rush Limbaugh: “If the party makes that [gay marriage] something official that they support, they’re not going to pull the homosexual activist voters away from the Democrat Party, but they are going to cause their base to stay home and throw their hands up in utter frustration…Whether they like it or not, the Republican Party’s base is sufficiently large that they cannot do without them and their problem is they don’t like them. It really isn’t any more complicated than that.”
In related news, Perkins had his clock cleaned by MSNBC’s Luke Russert. Towleroad.com reports:
“What do you fear the most about a couple being together – a same-sex couple being together over 60 years like we saw in the Windsor case – what do you fear so much about them getting the same federal benefits for their marriage as an opposite-sex couple would?” Russert asked.
“I don’t fear anything,” Perkins replied.
“Then why do you oppose,” Russert interjected.
“If love becomes a definition of what the boundaries of marriage are, how do we define that going forward?” Perkins asked. He asked, hypothetically, how America would prohibit an individual with multiple spouses from immigrating to the country given that definition of marriage.
“So you equate homosexuality with polygamy?” Russert asked.
“No,” Perkins replied.
“Well, you just said that, sir,” Russert fired back.