One of the most outspoken homophobic voices in American public life has been voted onto the committee that sets the platforms and positions that the Republican Party will take to the 2016 election.
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins announced his election to the Republicans’ platform committee via a press release in which he crowed about his success in 2012 in strengthening the party’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
‘We may not know who will be representing the GOP at the Republican National Convention, but I know one person who will be representing Louisiana — me!,’ Perkins wrote in a statement distributed online.
‘For the second time, I’ll be serving as a delegate for my home state when the Cleveland event gets underway July 18. Just as importantly, I’ve been elected by the delegation to serve on the Republican Platform Committee, which is where some of the most significant debates over the party’s core values occur.
‘In 2012, my role as a delegate gave me the opportunity to play a key role in amending the marriage plank, which led to the committee approving a much stronger version than 2008’s. We also tightened language on obscenity and pornography, protected conscience rights, explained how abortion hurts women, and supported the Second Amendment in DC.
‘And while the platform work is usually overshadowed by the pageantry of the broader convention, make no mistake: What happens over those two days could dramatically impact the direction of — not just the presidential campaign — but the entire Republican Party and the country.’
Perkins is close to the Donald Trump campaign, having written speech notes for Trump prior to his speech at the evangelical Liberty University in January.
Trump later blamed Perkins for a gaffe in his speech in which he referred to the Biblical verse known as ‘2nd Corinthians’ as ‘2 Corinthians.’
‘Tony Perkins wrote that out for me — he actually wrote out 2, he wrote out the number 2 Corinthians,’ Trump told CNN after the gaffe.
‘I took exactly what Tony said, and I said, “Well Tony has to know better than anybody.”’
Perkins has repeatedly compared homosexuality to pedophilia throughout his career and has claimed the LGBTI community actively seeks to ‘recruit’ young people into their ‘lifestyle.’