In an amazing segment on this week’s Fox News Sunday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins found himself challenged by both his fellow guest and host Chris Wallace in regards to marriage equality, an issue the FRC head has been at the forefront of in opposition.
“Marriage is not to affirm adults, it’s for the protection of children,” Perkins argued at the outset. “And if love is the only factor, where do you draw the boundaries?”
Republican lawyer and gay marriage advocate Ted Olsen said that the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the matter showed that it’s not about the adults surrounding the issue, but also the children.
“They deserve the right to equality, and the same respect and decency that other people have that are living right next door,” Olson said.
Perkins claimed that the “social science” supported his position, using the old refrain that says gay marriage could lead to certain “boundaries” being crossed.
“Court after court has said that allowing people of the same sex to marry the person that they love and be a part of our community, and to be treated equally does no damage to heterosexual marriage,” Olsen countered. “And what court after court after court has said [is] that children living in a same-sex relationship do as well or better that people in other communities.”
Chris Wallace then interjected, asking what Perkins exactly meant with the “boundaries” talking point.
“What are you suggesting?” Wallace asked. “That there’s going to by polygamy? That people are going to be marrying their pets?”
Seemingly trying to change the subject, Perkins brought up the marriage vendors who refused to serve gay couples and the financial backlashed they received as a result.
“I’m not talking about that,” Wallace said. “That’s a different issue. I’m asking you, what’s the impact on you and your family to have these people living next to you?”
Perkins maintained that his children would be exposed to “values and morals against what I teach as a parent at home.”
But it was Olsen that dealt the final blow in the exchange.
“The same argument that Mr. Perkins is making was made with respect to interracial marriages in 1967. Thirty-something states at one point prohibited interracial marriages,” Olsen said. “And talk about the color of the skin — people were making the same arguments, ‘Marriage is wrong between people of different races, we have to stop that.’”