"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction," begins a new ad by the Family Research Council, which is designed to promote fear-mongering on marriage equality.
Tony Perkins, the head of FRC, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is quoting Ronald Reagan in order to argue that a Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality would engender an era of discrimination against businesses owners whose religious beliefs would incline them to refuse service to LGBT individuals.
"Wedding photographers, florists, bakers, and caterers are increasingly being punished by the government," Perkins states. "Crushing fines threaten to run them out of business. In some cases, they face the possibility of losing their homes, all for simply following their biblical convictions on the definition of marriage."
During this statement, the camera pans over a "closed" sign on the door of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an Oregon bakery whose owner refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, as well as other establishments that were brought to court for violating nondiscrimination laws.
"Religious freedom is increasingly taking a back seat to a government-mandated politically correct way of thinking that marginalizes the freedoms of individual Americans of all faiths," Perkins states."
The ad also features quotes from right-wing politicians Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, who calls for "a wall of separation, so the state could not tell people of faith how to live their lives."
In past interviews, Santorum has stated that he "loves" gay people, and has gay friends. However, he told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt Thursday that he would not attend a wedding of one of these friends, since, "as a person of my faith, that would be something that would be a violation of my faith."
See the FRC ad and Santorum's interview below.