Bob Schieffer to Tony Perkins: I Was ‘Inundated’ by People To Disinvite You
SCHIEFFER: "But I’m going to start with probably the most vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, and that is Tony Perkins, he is the president of the Family Research Council. And Mr. Perkins, I’m going to say this to you up front, you and your group have been so strong in coming out against gay marriage that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group. We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because they in their view, “you don’t speak for Christians.” Do you think you have taken this too far?"
PERKINS: "No. Bob, we’re—first let me say thank you for allowing us to continue to have this discussion because I think it’s a discussion that’s going to continue on regardless of what the court says. The court is not going to settle this issue. In fact I think it does a disservice to both sides if the court weighs in on public policy like this. The courts are decided to interpret the constitution and the constitutionality of laws, not create public policy. When they do that they create division and they erect barriers to reach a consensus on public policy like this. So, no, we stand with millennia of experience that the union of a man and a woman, the sacred union of marriage is the cornerstone of society. That’s where kids learn to become citizens."