Normally, the national party platform is carefully written by behind the scenes players who are more concerned with crafting an appropriate document that clearly states the party's core beliefs and objectives, but leaves room for a humane and, you know, sane interpretation. Not true this year.
In a sign of the party having become completely unhinged by radicals hammering down the doors, the GOP has solicited the services of Tony Perkins, leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center certified hate group The Family Research Council. The SPLC identifies several characteristics of the FRC, including its determination to force gays and lesbians to undergo medically and psychologically disreputable "reparative therapy" in an effort to change their sexual orientation. The FRC also continues to disseminate fear and stoke the fires of hate against gays by making the claim that gay men are more likely to be pedophiles, despite scientific evidence to the contrary.
For some perspective, this designation puts the newest architects of the GOP's 2012 platform in league with other hate groups like the Aryan Nation, the Ku Klux Klan, the Nation of Islam, and Skinheads. In fact, Perkins has personal ties to some of those groups. It's not just anti-gay hate that Perkins has cast his lot in with over the years.
Aside from anti-gay activism, Perkins, while a reserve police officer in Baton Rouge during 1992, refused to report an illegal conspiracy by antiabortion activists to commit violence at an abortion clinic. He was suspended from duty in 1992, and quit the reserve force after openly criticizing the department. Then, there's this:
In 1996, while managing the U.S. Senate campaign of Woody Jenkins against Mary Landrieu, Perkins paid $82,500 to use the mailing list of former Klan chieftain David Duke. The campaign was fined $3,000 (reduced from $82,500) after Perkins and Jenkins filed false disclosure forms in a bid to hide their link to Duke. Five years later, on May 17, 2001, Perkins gave a speech to the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist group that has described black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.” Perkins claimed not to know the group’s ideology at the time, but it had been widely publicized in Louisiana and the nation, because in 1999 — two years before Perkins’ speech to the CCC — Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott had been embroiled in a national scandal over his ties to the group. GOP chairman Jim Nicholson then urged Republicans to avoid the CCC because of its “racist views.”
So yes, to write part of its party plank, the GOP has chosen Tony Perkins, a renegade police officer who covered up a conspiracy to commit violence, has ties to Klan chieftain David Duke, who spoke before a white supremacist group that describes black people as a "retrograde species of humanity," and who publicly calls gay people "intolerant," "hateful," "vile," "spiteful," "pawns of the enemy." (Incidentally, Perkins recently blamed the SPLC for a shooting at the FRC headquarters, claiming that the SPLC's "heightened" and "hateful" language may have led to the shooting).
Reports indicate that Perkins' platform will call out "an activist judiciary" that seeks to undermine Judeo-Christian principles by "redefining marriage." This is nothing new. After all, this is the same Tony Perkins who once said of the Supreme Court,
“The court has become increasingly hostile to Christianity and it poses a greater threat to representative government more than anything, more than budget deficits, more than terrorist groups.”In Perkin's platform, the GOP opposes everything Obama has done for gay rights, including its handling of immigration cases that involve legally married gay people whose partners could still be deported because of the lack of federal marriage recognition. Perkins is, of course, totally happy to rip these families apart. His platform also insists that married gay couples receive no federal benefits and that they not be allowed to marry on any military bases. Naturally, Perkins is angry at Obama for refusing to defend the indefensibile Defense of Marriage Act.
So when you're reading the GOP's plank on marriage equality (or marriage inequality, in this case), just remember that the man they hired to write it is a racist, sexist, law-breaking, homophobic monster who compared the Supreme Court to a terrorist organization and leads an SPLC certified hate group.
Ultimately, this well may be the most fiercely anti-gay platform the GOP has ever drafted. Kudos to the Log Cabin Republicans for somehow snagging an olive branch and getting the words "dignity and respect" thrown in there, too. But they must be the only ones who actually believe it.