Target: CNN President Jeff Zucker
Goal: Stop hosting Tony Perkins, leader of the anti-gay hate group known as the Family Research Council
After the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, CNN hosted Tony Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council (FRC). During the program, Perkins perpetuated several myths about marriage equality.
Perkins claimed that same-sex marriage will lead to a loss of parental rights and religious liberties. He also stated that it could lead to religious organizations and churches losing their tax exemption if they fail to comply with marriage equality. The myths Perkins spread have been repeatedly debunked, and his statements do not pertain to the DOMA decision, which only applies to states in which marriage equality has already been legalized.
CNN frequently relies on Perkins and other members of the FRC, which repeatedly issues negative and hateful statements about the LGBT community, to represent the perspective of American Christians during political discourse. Perkins recently was invited to the network to discuss allowing gay members into the Boy Scouts, and he perpetuated the myth that it would lead to an increase in sexual abuse.
Not only are Perkins’ statements false and hateful, but they do not even reflect the opinions of the perspective CNN invites him to supposedly represent. According to a poll conducted by the Human Rights Council, the majority of Christians in America oppose DOMA, favor the protection of LGBT people from discrimination, favor preventative bullying and harassment laws for LGBT children, support LGBT equality, and believe that when religious leaders condemn LGBT people it does more harm than good.
Sign the petition below to tell CNN to stop inviting Perkins and members of the FRC to represent America’s Christian perspective. Perkins repeatedly peddles myths and does not necessarily represent the majority of American Christians.
Dear Mr. Zucker,
Tony Perkins, leader of the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council, has been repeatedly invited to your programming to talk about controversial issues such as marriage equality. Perkins perpetuates harmful lies about the LGBT community and the implications of marriage equality.
Perkins and members of the FRC are typically invited to represent a Christian perspective on these issues, but research suggests that the organization does not represent the majority of Christian Americans when it comes to equality for LGBT individuals. I urge you to stop hosting Perkins and other representatives from this hate group, as they provide misleading information to the public about important issues such as marriage equality.
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