Tony Perkins on same sex marriage rulings: ‘This is far from over’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:41 EDT
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Tony Perkins speaks to CNN
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The president of the anti-LGBT Family Research Council (FRC) is vowing to continue to fight against equal rights for gay and lesbian couples after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal government’s ban on marriage equality and allowed same sex marriages to resume in California.

In an interview on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer asked FRC president Tony Perkins for his reaction to the end of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.

“Certainly, the DOMA is… problematic,” Perkins admitted. “But it is, again, limited to the 12 jurisdictions, the states that have same sex marriage. The Prop 8 case, [attorneys] Mr. [David] Boise and [Ted] Olson did not go to the Supreme Court to see the court punt on that case. They went with the intention of imposing same sex marriage on the nation, and that didn’t happen. They failed in what they wanted to do.”

“This is far from over,” he added. “In fact, time is not on the side of those who want to redefine marriage. If it were, I don’t think they would have gone to the court trying to impose same sex marriage on the entire nation.”

Perkins predicted that Wednesday’s rulings would mean a “loss of parental rights” and “religious liberty loss.”

“In this case, the court could have gone much further and struck down these marriage amendments that are in 30 states,” he insisted. “They did not do that. This [Prop 8 ruling] only applies to California.”

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast June 26, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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