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05/20/2014

And now another installment of 'Baseless Theories Conducive to Tony Perkins' Political Access, Punditry & Paycheck'

by Jeremy Hooper

Today's episode:

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[Family Research Council president Tony Perkins]

There was a time when a simple gay kiss would lock up a network's switchboard with viewer complaints. This month, two gay dads from TV's most popular scripted comedy are getting married.

There was a time when we didn't even have one state with marriage equality. Now we have nineteen, plus a handful of others with pending court decisions (some of which have already legally married same-sex couples, like Arkansas and Utah).

There was a time when we LGBT activists were happy when polls showed us at even 30% national support. Nowadays, every credible poll (i.e. the opposite of those conducted by FRC and its likeminded spinmeisters) shows an even split, at worst, and a healthy majority in favor of equality, at best.

There was a time when I didn't share state or federal marriage rights with my husband. Now we enjoy both.

There was a time when social conservatives at least tried to base their arguments in something better than reality TV's supposed "victims." Now, that's as "good" as any of their other terrible arguments.


There was a time when Tony's rhetoric, while wrong, was at least managing to dupe a sizable portion of the public. That day is gone. That day will never return.

There are, however, many homeless and hungry who could use food and shelter, Tony. You have many healthy years left to apply your Christian ethic to genuine good.

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