Anti-LGBT extremist Tony Perkins was selected as a delegate for the GOP convention to represent that state of Louisiana, according to LGBTQ Nation.
“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, who is President of the anti-LGBT Family Research Council (FRC), shared in a press release. “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.”
Perkins clearly has the ear of party leaders. Just this week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) hosted Perkins on Capitol Hill for a briefing to promote the so-called First Amendment Defense Act. This legislation, under the guise of religious liberty, would allow nonprofit organizations and businesses contracting with the federal government to circumvent critical federal protections designed to protect same-sex couples and their families from harmful discrimination.
As President of the FRC, Perkins has a history of discriminating against LGBT people. Perkins authored the marriage section of the GOP’s 2012 party platform, claimed the LGBT community will cause a holocaust against Christians, has dramatically proclaimed that marriage equality will soon lead to a “revolution” that will “explode and just break this nation apart” and even supported Ugandan legislation that would subject some LGBT people to prison.
The FRC is deemed as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and has spent years spewing anti-LGBT rhetoric and hate.
Perkins most recently made headlines after joining Ted Cruz’s “Religious Liberty Advisory Council.”
This is the second time Perkins will serve as a delegate. The convention will take place in July in Cleveland, Ohio.
To learn more about the FRC, check out some of their most extreme anti-LGBT positions and actions here.