FRC's Tony Perkins: Court 'Carjacked' Nation with Gay Marriage Ruling

Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 03:55 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Supreme Court justices "carjacked the nation" with last week's ruling on same-sex marriage rights, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Sunday.

"We're going to see a loss of religious freedom — it's already happening," Perkins said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "We're already seeing bakers and florists and photographers forced to participate in same-sex marriages under the threat of law and even jail. I can't think of anything that's more un-American than that."

He explained in states that have anti-discrimination laws, when a business refuses to provide services for a same-sex marriage because of religious reasons, the government can come in and sue them.

"They're literally being sued by the government, not the individuals," claimed Perkins. "And they've even been adjudicated in such places as New Mexico."

Perkins said both of the court's decisions, to strike down a part of the Defense of Marriage act that denies federal benefits and to dismiss a case on California's Proposition 8, were "disappointing."

The California case, though, was sent back to that state, so the case couldn't be used to impose same-sex marriage on the whole nation, Perkins noted.

Perkins said that decision will buy some time for gay marriage opponents to gather some more support.

"It's the reality that people will come face-to-face with over time, because right now same-sex marriage is limited to 12 jurisdictions," Perkins continued. "And as more people see that their freedoms, the freedoms of parents to determine what their children are taught, to be able to live your life according to your faith, all of that's at risk here."

Also on Sunday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy denied a request from Proposition 8 supporters to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses in California.

Former Solicitor General Ted Olson, who appeared before Perkins on the show, predicted the move.

Olson argued in favor of the same-sex marriage rulings before the Supreme Court, said he does not think Proposition 8 will be back.

"They lost in the district court, they lost in the court of appeals and they've lost in the United States Supreme Court. They lost in the California Supreme Court," said Olson.

Olson is a conservative who served as solicitor general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, but says there has been a shift in how same-sex marriage is viewed.

"Some Republicans have not yet come to understand that this is the right thing for all of our country to do," he said. "But Republicans are changing, Democrats are changing. I think the day is going to come, maybe within just a few years, when the Republican party - just like the Democratic party - all Americans believe in equal treatment for all of our citizens."


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