Tony Perkins: DADT Repeal Led to Prostitution Scandal

BY Lucas Grindley

April 17 2012 7:53 PM ET

President Obama shouldn't be surprised that the Secret Service solicited prostitutes during a trip to Columbia, Tony Perkins says, because that's what happens when you repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

"You cannot maintain moral order if you are willing to allow a few things to slide," said Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, on his radio show.

The comments, caught by Right Wing Watch, came during a discussion about why Republicans should do more on "the homosexuality issue," as fellow commentator Janet Mefferd put it.

Perkins said the Secret Service scandal is merely a symptom of the "total breakdown" in morality of the larger Obama administration.

"We intuitively know it’s wrong, there’s a moral law against that," Perkins said of prostitution. "The same is true for what the president has done to the military enforcing open homosexuality in our military. You can change the law but you can’t change the moral law that’s behind it."

Perkins went even further in his comparison of homosexuality to prostitution in a newsletter sent today to its followers. He said DADT repeal "introduced a new chapter of promiscuity into the U.S. military."

"On one hand, the administration has tried to force our military to embrace homosexuality by making unnatural and immoral sex legal — and on the other, it's outraged that its military is engaging in another form of legal but immoral sex," Perkins wrote.  "Both behaviors are inappropriate, unhealthy, and destructive. Yet only one seems to incense government officials."

Perkins is listed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in its Commentator Accountability Project database because of his repeatedly off-base beliefs about LGBT people. GLAAD wants cable networks to stop inviting him as a guest on their programs because it says he's not a legitimate representative of religious people's views.

And the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified the Family Research Council as a "hate group" because of its antigay ideology.















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