As North Carolinians headed to the polls to support Amendment 1, a measure that outlaws marriage equality, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in the state constitution, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins appeared on CNN to argue that people can become gay because of the “environment they’re raised in” and blamed their marriages on high heterosexual divorce rates.
“Further redefining marriage, the reason we have cohabitation at skyrocketing rates is because we have redefine marriage in a way through no fault divorce making it almost meaningless to many, but to the further step of redefining it completely and saying marriage is whatever you want to make it to be,” he said. “If you’re two people and you love each other, that’s all that counts.”
Asked how he would respond if one of his five children came out as gay, Perkins claimed, “I doubt that would happen with my children as we are teaching them the right ways that they are to interact as human beings, we’re not allowing them to be indoctrinated by the education system.” He added, “it is environment, it is environment…I do think that it’s a product or a happening of environment and events, things that they’re exposed to.” Watch it:
Perkins’ Family Research Council opposes any legal recognition of gay people or their relationships and has been labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.