Anti-Gay Bigot Gets Double-Teamed By Fox Host And Conservative Attorney On Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

As marriage equality advocates continue to celebrate, an anti-gay conservative “Christian” went on Fox News and found himself between a rock and hard place.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins appears on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace presumably expecting to smear same-sex marriage as an evil of society that needs to be outlawed. Instead of the softball interview he wanted, however, he ended being double-teamed by host Chris Wallace and his other guest Ted Olson, a Republican attorney who has been fighting court battles across the country in an effort to make marriage equality a reality across the land.

The discussion began with Perkins bringing out the tired argument that banning same-sex marriage is for the protection of children, which Olson then slapped down.

PERKINS: Marriage is not to affirm adults, it’s for the protection of children. And if love is the only factor, where do you draw the boundaries?

OLSON: What the Supreme Court said in the cases that it decided last year… is that children do matter. There are thousands and tens of thousands of children in same-sex marriage households. They deserve the right to equality, and the same respect and decency that other people have that are living right next door.

Perkins then trotted out yet another false right-wing claim that children do better with a mother and a father. And yet again, Ted Olson took Perkins to task, accusing him of wanting the sky to fall and hit him with facts that “court after court” agrees with.

PERKINS: Well, we know from the social science that children do best with a mom and a dad. That’s why our policies in this country have preferred marriage and given benefits to it. If love is the factor, what boundaries are there?

OLSON: Do you want the sky to fall because two people that are living next door to you? Court after court has said that allowing people of the same sex to marry the person that they love and be a part of our community, and to be treated equally does no damage to heterosexual marriage. And what court after court after court has said [is] that children living in a same-sex relationship do as well or better that people in other communities.

Perkins, still not through talking about boundaries, seemed to be on the cusp on claiming that same-sex marriage would lead to bestiality or polygamy. But Chris Wallace stepped in and asked him point blank, “What are you suggesting? That there’s going to be polygamy, that people are going to be marrying their pets?”

Not brave enough to wander into that territory, Perkins became defensive and attempted to insist that marriage equality damages heterosexual marriages because “natural established boundaries” are removed.

That’s when Chris Wallace grilled Perkins about his own marriage and asked if he and his wife would no longer be a happy couple if a same-sex couple lived next door. Clearly uncomfortable in the hot seat, Perkins tried to shift the discussion to a wedding cake baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, claiming that marriage equality is wrong because it prevents religious bigots from engaging in discriminatory business practices. But once again, Wallace didn’t let Perkins slither away. He nailed him to the wall.

WALLACE: Alright, you and your wife live happily in this house. There’s a same-sex couple living here. What’s the damage to you?

PERKINS: Let’s talk about the wedding vendors that have been put out of business-

WALLACE: I’m not talking about that. That’s a different issue. I’m asking you, what’s the impact on you and your family to have these people living next to you.

Perkins briefly whined about not being able to teach his kids to hate others before again shifting the discussion back to bigoted wedding cake bakers. Wallace then directed the conversation back to topic and gave the floor the Olson, who shredded Perkins’ argument.

OLSON: Everyone who has ever talked about this says that there is no heterosexual couple that’s going to decide to get divorced or not to get married or not to raise children just because another couple next to them is treated equally and with respect and decency under our Constitution. That is why we have courts. The same argument that Mr. Perkins is making was made with respect to interracial marriages in 1967. Thirty-something states at one point prohibited interracial marriages. And talk about the color of the skin, people were making the same arguments, ‘Marriage is wrong between people of different races, we have to stop that.’

Desperate, Perkins ended the discussion by comparing same-sex marriage to abortion and predicted gloom and doom on America’s children if marriage equality is allowed to continue.

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It is rare for a Fox News host and a Republican guest to corner a conservative “Christian” bigot the way Chris Wallace and Ted Olson did. Is this a signal that Fox News is turning a corner on the issue of marriage equality or is it just one of those flukes that occur once in a blue moon and everything goes back to the way it was the next hour or the next day? Clearly, Perkins got his clock cleaned in this interview and it’s nice to see a bigot squirm on Fox for a change.