The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins compared same-sex marriage to polygamy just minutes after the Supreme Court finished hearing a constitutional challenge to a law that denies equal federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married under state law.
Appearing on MSNBC, Perkins — whose organization is labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center — argued that if the court strikes down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, immigrants would be able to bring multiple spouses into the country:
PERKINS: As you set up this package interview, people ought to be able to marry who they love. If love becomes a definition of what the boundaries of marriage are, how do we define that going forward? What if someone wants to immigrate to this country from a country that allows multiple spouses? Right now they can’t immigrate with the spouses, but if the parameter are simply love, how do we prohibit them from coming into this country? If it’s all about just love, as it’s being used, where do we set the lines?
Asked to defend the comparison by reporter Luke Russert, Perkins explained that he was not likening gay people to polygamists, but only warning about a slippery slope.