Lesbian invites anti-gay leader to family dinner

Jennifer Chrisler invites anti-gay Family Research Council boss over for dinner in the hope of softening his heart

Lesbian invites anti-gay leader to family dinner
29 May 2012

Jennifer Chrisler told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that anti-gay leader, Tony Perkins, might ‘open his heart’ if he accepts her invitation to dinner with her family.

This invitation follows an interview between CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and anti-gay group leader Tony Perkins last week (24 May).

Perkins told CNN: ‘I am not going to be silent while they [gay couples] try to redefine marriage in this country, change policy, what my children are taught in schools and what religious organizations can do. I am not going to be silent.’ 

Baldwin asked Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council, whether he had ever actually been to the home of a same-sex couple, Perkins acknowledged that he had not.

With this in view Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council, wrote to Mr Perkins with a personal invitation to dinner with her, her partner and two 10-year-old twin sons.

In the letter Christler said: ‘I come to you with this sincere offer. I would like to extend an open invitation for you and your family to visit my home and have dinner with my spouse and children with the full hope that you will witness the love that exists in our families.’ 

Yesterday (28 May) Perkins responded to this invitation, by informing CNN that: ‘My wife and I will be glad to respond when we receive the invitation to find a time that works.’

Chrisler isn’t expecting Perkins to follow through with his response, but hopes that he does.

She says: ‘I don’t think that I’ll change his mind, but I do think that we might be able to open his heart a little bit.’

Watch the CNN interview between Jennifer Chrisler and Brooke Baldwin here:

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