Tony Perkins has no place in Masterpiece Cakeshop media coverage without his anti-LGBTQ record on full display

Tony Perkins will be courting press outside the Supreme Court today during Masterpiece Cakeshop oral arguments and pushing faulty narratives

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released research on Tony Perkins who announced he will be holding a rally and speaking to media outside the Supreme Court today during the hearing for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Perkins, who serves as the president of the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group, has an extensive anti-LGBTQ record that must not be erased from media coverage around his perspective on the Supreme Court case. Previously, Perkins has called for Justice Kennedy to be impeached following his marriage equality ruling, promoted the dangerous and scientifically discredited practice of so-called conversion therapy, and has compared LGBTQ advocates to terrorists.

"Tony Perkins is a fringe anti-LGBTQ activist who has spent his career attempting to roll back and erase the hard-fought progress of the LGBTQ community at every turn," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “If the core of this case is truly about an artist’s expression and not anti-LGBTQ discrimination, then why are renowned artists and leaders in the art world absent from the Supreme Court today while known anti-LGBTQ talking head Tony Perkins, who has gone so far as to support foreign laws that punish being LGBTQ with death, rushes to rally behind the defendant."

In the press release which announced the rally, the Family Research Council quoted Tony Perkins as being a proponent of the ‘artistic talents’ of the defendant in the case. Perkins is an anti-LGBTQ mouthpiece, not an expert on artistic expression or non-discrimination laws. Media has a responsibility to put him into full context for readers, listeners, and viewers.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Tony Perkins Extensive Anti-LGBTQ Record

  • President, Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center listed as an anti-gay hate group in 2010.
  • Reportedly pushed to have scientifically discredited “conversion therapy” in the 2016 Republican Party platform.
  • Insists Target’s trans-inclusive bathroom policies have turned their facilities into “crime scenes” like a “live rendition of CSI.”
  • Says Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy should be impeached simply because of his marriage ruling.
  • Says about gay people: “They are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful"..."pawns" of the "enemy.” (See 1:30 mark.)
  • Claims DC's ban on scientifically discredited "ex-gay" therapy is "locking kids into a lifestyle with devastating health, emotional, and societal consequences" and "opening a frightening chapter in the liberal recruiting of LGBTs."
  • Claims LGBTQ activists are going to "start rolling out the boxcars" and carting away Christians (a reference to the Holocaust).
  • Claims gay parents ''provide distorted values to innocent adopted kids."
  • Lumps together Aurora shooting, kidnapping, and openly gay soldiers as three examples of a "nation gone under."
  • Says many gays have an "emptiness within them" (:55) because they are "operating outside of nature." (1:09)
  • Despite what health experts have saidinsists that pedophilia is “a homosexual problem.”
  • The Family Research Council has distributed a pamphlet that claims gay men are more likely to molest children, and supports "reorientation therapy" for gay people.
  • The Family Research Council has distributed a pamphlet that begins by likening the logic behind same-sex marriage to the logic behind man-horse marriage.
  • Compares LGBTQ legal advocates to terrorists: “[B]ack in the 80s and early 90s, I worked with the State Department in anti-terrorism and we trained about 50 different countries in defending against terrorism, and it’s, at its base, what terrorism is, it's a strike against the general populace simply to spread fear and intimidation so that they can disrupt and destabilize the system of government. That's what the homosexuals are doing here to the legal system.” (0:31).
  • Says: “The truth is that we cannot redefine marriage without opening the door to all manner of moral and social evil.”
  • Called the It Gets Better project "disgusting," claiming it tells children "that it's okay to be immoral" and constitutes a "concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle"; also called the project a "deceptive lie."
  • Paid $82,500 to use the phone bank of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke for an election run-off.
  • Claims "blood of young marines" is on hands of legislators who voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.
  • Claims "people know intuitively that [homosexuality] is morally wrong."
  • Says: "it's a fact" that homosexuality leads to "eternal damnation"
  • Says gays and lesbians are "held captive by the enemy."
  • Claims his kids couldn't be gay because he is "teaching them the right ways that they are to interact as human beings" (3:15-3:39).
  • Compared former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg's proposed ban on supersized soft drinks to the "need" to ban homosexuality.
  • Equates LGBTQ pride with drunkenness and adultery: "The month of June is Gay Pride Month. Now, I have not yet seen where they have declared Adultery Pride Month, I have not seen where they have declared the Drunkenness Pride Month." 
  • Argues that scientifically-discredited "ex-gay" therapy should be framed as "successful," and encouraging gays to "escape the homosexual lifestyle."
  • Claims: "Even if society embraced homosexuality, there would never be that sense of self-fulfillment because it's outside of how God created man and woman, and that's the bottom line. They can't erase that." 
  • Claims Uganda bill (with death penalty attached) simply "upholds moral conduct."
  • Equates gay people with drug addicts, adulterers: "...[W]e need to be praying for those who are bound up in these lifestyles whether it is homosexuality, whether it is drugs, whatever it might be, anything that is outside the design of God for mankind, it could be adulterous relationships, it doesn’t matter."
  • Says marriage equality will be "the nail in coffin of marriage" and will "take society down with it."
  • Says Republican Senator Rob Portman should not support his gay son's "choices that are both harmful to [him] and to society as a whole."
  • Claims service members' same-sex weddings "desecrate" military chapels.
  • Backed a double standard pertaining to the religious freedom of the pro-gay United Church of Christ, saying "I would use that term ‘Christian’ loosely."