John M. Becker

Tony Perkins Attending Vatican Marriage Meeting

Filed By John M. Becker | November 14, 2014 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Catholic attacks on LGBT rights, Catholic Church, Catholicism, ecumenism, gay marriage, hate group, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Pope Francis, same-sex marriage, Tony Perkins

tony-perkins-headshot.jpgLast week we told you about an upcoming meeting at the Vatican where Pope Francis will sit down with prominent non-Catholic religious leaders to discuss marriage and family.

The purpose of the event, which will take place next week, is to show strong support for marriage discrimination; it's titled "An International Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman." Among the leaders scheduled to attend are high-profile homophobes like Rick Warren and the Southern Baptist Convention's Russell Moore.

Today, another name was added to the list: hate group leader Tony Perkins, one of the most outspoken opponents of LGBT human rights in the United States. Right Wing Watch reports:

Although he is not listed as a speaker, another prominent American opponent of LGBT equality will also be attending the conference. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in an interview on Newsmax TV today that he plans to attend the conference in Rome and expects the Catholic Church to "make a very clear statement that pertains to marriage and what the Church views marriage to be" to provide "clarity" to the confusion coming out of the recent synod.

"I don't see the Catholic Church making a great deviation" on the issue of homosexuality, Perkins said. "They can't because the scripture is quite clear on the issue."

Watch, after the break.

RWW adds that Perkins will be broadcasting live from the Vatican meeting next week.

As GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project reminds us, Perkins isn't just one of the most frequently-booked anti-LGBT pundits, he's one of the vilest as well. And he's quite literally built his media career on spewing lies about LGBT people.

pope-francis-facepalm.jpgPerkins compares gay legal advocates to terrorists; lies that pedophilia is a "homosexual problem;" consistently misgenders trans people; endorses the dangerous "pray away the gay" myth; and calls gay people "intolerant," "hateful," "vile," "spiteful," and "pawns of the enemy [Satan]."

Repugnant, right? This is a bigoted, hateful man who is willing to say almost anything in his unholy crusade to beat back civil and human rights for LGBT people. And yet, Pope Francis -- The Advocate's 2013 "Person of the Year" -- is rolling out the red carpet for Perkins at the Vatican next week.

As the old saying goes, "A man is known by the company he keeps." The fact that Pope Francis is willing to keep company with the likes of Tony Perkins speaks volumes.

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