Tony Perkins is sending a staunch warning to the GOP party regarding the issue of same-sex marriage.
The President of the Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-LGBT think tank and certified hate group, threatened to create a third party if Republicans support marriage equality.
Perkins wrote in a press release yesterday:
“If the RNC [Republican National Committee] abandons marriage, evangelicals will either sit the elections out completely - or move to create a third party. Either option puts Republicans on the path to a permanent minority.”
The comments came in response to a RNC autopsy report, which sought to understand why Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election and how the party can reach out to more voters.
When it came to the issue of marriage equality, the report recommended the party defer from using anti-LGBT rhetoric or risk alienating voters under 30.
“If our party is not welcoming, young people and increasingly other voters will continue to tune us out,” the report read.
Perkins responded very critically, calling it “The grand strategy, which calls for throwing the party's social conservatives overboard, demands the GOP be more 'welcoming' and 'inclusive' to people that are actively working against the conservative principles in the Republican platform.”
He also asserted Republicans should care about gays and lesbians, but a “redefinition” of marriage should not be accepted.
Perkins plans to further address the RNC report on his national radio show “Washington Watch” on March 27 at 5 p.m.
If the Family Research Council does pursue the establishment of third party, it is likely to become a single-issue party. The New Civil Rights Movement reported last year that Tom McClusky, a vice president of the FRC, said that America’s third party will not be conservative or liberal; rather, it will stand for opposing same-sex marriage, should marriage equality continue to be adopted by states.