Tony Perkins’ Strange Understanding Of Democracy

Jim Burroway

April 8th, 2009

The Vermont Senate and House today voted to override the governor’s veto and provide marriage equality for all citizens of that state. And the city council for the District of Columbia voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. All three of these legislative bodies are made up of members who stand for regular free and fair elections. So how does the Family “Research” Council’s Tony Perkins react to today’s news?

“Same-sex ‘marriage’ is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists and a liberal elite determined to destroy not only the institution of marriage, but democracy as well”

That’s right. Overwhelming votes by representatives of the people are destroying democracy.

There are more winger reactions here.


April 8th, 2009

Every night I retire to my underground command center and order my minions to work harder to destroy The Institution of Marriage. But every night they report back to me that Straight Man and Straight Woman, my arch-nemesises (nemesi?) are already busy destroying Traditional Marriage! Curse them! Bawahahahahaha!


April 8th, 2009

It is so intriguing to understand their attempt at reason and logic, or maybe under which variation of faith do they figure ““Same-sex ‘marriage’ is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists and a liberal elite determined to destroy not only the institution of marriage, but democracy as well”” out.


April 8th, 2009

They realized they couldn’t use their standard talking points of “imposition” and courts going against the will of the people.

Naturally, it’s still hard to remove the propaganda programming, but that it took such groups as the AFA, the FRC, Focus on the Family, CWA, and others so many hours to produce their public statements compared to other gay marriage announcements, they’re realizing they’ll have to change some of the rhetoric. Even if it all is still backwards to the notion of democracy and the purpose of the courts.


April 8th, 2009

Hey, the poor guys just had their “activist judges” argument destroyed by Vermont, so he needs a fall back position. His brain would explode if he had to actually consider it a actual civil rights issue. Religious Right types like Perkins always need an enemy, so he’s created one out of whole cloth, because in his limited worldview, “normal” people wouldn’t be for this. As common sense about this spreads, watch for the arguments from Perkins to head off the deep end even more.

Jason D

April 8th, 2009

It’s intriguing how Populist the RR has suddenly become. I have a feeling that they won’t accept marriage equality even if it was voted in by people.

They will continue to push the “will of the people” idea because we have yet to see marriage equality win when put to a popular vote — which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Looking at the history of civil rights, the public at large doesn’t really lead the way. Usually it is the courts and legislature first, and the people, upon seeing how the sky did not fall, basically accept reality. There are still those who believe blacks shouldn’t be free, or voting, and think this country would be better off if we never gave women the right to vote or own property.


April 8th, 2009

I think Perkins view is really quite simple – democracy consists of everyone else agreeing with him. Most of us got past that world view at age four or five, evidently Mr. Perkins missed that stage of development.
I wonder if the Democratic majority in Congress will have the courage to let DC keep to its own decisions (what was that line about “democracy” and “will of the people” again?).

Mustang Bobby

April 8th, 2009

“Same-sex ‘marriage’ is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists

More right-wing nonsense. Where the hell are all these rich gay men? All the ones I meet make less than I do, and I’m not rich by any measurement.

Jason D

April 8th, 2009

Mustang, I’m unemployed, and before being laid off twice in the past year, I wasn’t wealthy by any means.

Emily K

April 8th, 2009

Two weeks ago I couldn’t afford to buy toilet paper because i chose to spend my money on food instead.

So smack down two myths – that of a wealthy gay, and that of a wealthy Jew.


April 8th, 2009

Destroy democracy? How can we destroy what we, living in a representative republic, do not have (thank God)?

Timothy (TRiG)

April 9th, 2009

I think the USA, like most countries, does have democracy, Attmay. But it doesn’t have direct democracy. And a good thing too.

A representative republic is a form of democracy in which there are various balances so that laws are less likely to be brought in on a whim.


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