By AATTP contributor DeadState
In an eye-opening development in religiously conservative politics, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council says Evangelical Christians and Catholics should stop donating money to the GOP until it clarifies its position on gay marriage.
The president of the organization which has been labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, said Thursday night that conservative activists should hold out on donating to the party until Republicans address some of the evolving attitudes towards gay marriage and social issues of late.
In an email sent to his supporters, Perkins criticized the Republican National Committee over a report from last month that addressed the party’s problem with younger voters, suggesting that a fundamental shift on issues such as gay marriage could help the GOP make gains in that demographic.
“Until the RNC and the other national Republican organizations grow a backbone and start defending core principles, don’t send them a dime of your hard-earned money,” Perkins said in the email.
Interestingly, Perkins seemed to use the urgency of his message as a tool to direct funds to his own organization, saying that if religious conservatives still want to “invest in the political process,” they should “give directly to candidates who reflect your values and organizations you trust — like FRC Action.”
Using questionable logic, Perkins went on to say that a GOP evolution on social issues will drive away younger voters who are against gay marriage.
“Instead of trying to appease Millennials, Republicans should try educating them on why marriage matters,” Perkins wrote. “There’s an entire group of ‘Counter-cultural Warriors’ full of compelling young leaders who are all going to the mat to protect marriage.”
In a poll conducted by CBS News, 49 percent of Republicans under 30 years old said they support same-sex marriage, while 46 percent do not believe gay couples should be allowed to get married. Overall, 73 percent of Americans under 30 back gay marriage.
Nevertheless, Perkins says Republicans must “pass a resolution reiterating the GOP’s support for the party platform that was overwhelmingly adopted in Tampa last year.”
The Family Research Council has come under fire numerous times in the past for their anti-gay stance, which many deem to be hateful and bigoted. In a Twitter post from earlier this year, Perkins achieved a new level of notoriety when she seemed to endorse a Ugandan law that would make homosexuality punishable by execution.
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