Like GLAAD, we can’t stand how the mainstream media will offer a platform to extremists like Family Research Council leader and failed politician Tony Perkins just to have a divergent voice. Maybe it’s saying something that the only people they can usually find to attack marriage equality are extremist hatemongers out of step with America who just hate gay people, period?
So we were less than tickled to see that Perkins was invited on CBS’ Face the Nation this weekend to give his weaselly opinion on President Obama’s gay-marriage announcement.
“I think that Barack Obama has helped fit that missing piece of intensity that Mitt Romney is going to need,” Perkins opined, suggesting voters will flee the President in droves now that he’s stepped up for equality. “I don’t think the president did a political calculus to do this because if he did, he needs to go back to the calculator because it’s a bad formula.”
Besides Perkins, host Bob Schieffer interviewed someone with a little more right to be there: Former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, who argued against Prop 8 in the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger case. “I don’t know about politics,” Olson said about how the President’s message will affect his reelection bid. “I do know about human rights, and constitutional rights, and on that basis I think the President did the right thing—and I’m very glad he did it.”
Though they weren’t all on the same page, the other guests had the credentials to weigh in, as well: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson, political strategist Mark McKinnon, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Clay Aiken.
Actually, of the group, Aiken had the most right to be there: He’s a gay dad from North Carolina. Amendment One’s passage directly threatens the well-being of his family.
Speaking about the amendment, Aiken was more optimistic than we: “I think as people in North Carolina start to look at this amendment and realize what it’s doing, not just for same-sex couples but for straight couples as well, they’re going to reject it,” he told host Bob Schieffer.
Aiken also likened the situation to an amendment decades earlier in North Carolina that banned interracial marriage: “I really believe that in the next 20 years we’re going to look back on this and be sort of ashamed of the fact that we were against this, just as we are ashamed today that we didn’t let people of different races get married.”