Hate group leader Tony Perkins jumped at the opportunity to attack same-sex parents while peddling distortions about a new MSNBC ad on Fox News.
During the April 10 edition of Fox & Friends, host Gretchen Carlson invited Perkins on to criticize a new MSNBC ad in which Melissa Harris-Perry calls on America to think about child-rearing as a community effort. Perkins suggested that Perry's comments are part of the left's desire to move away from family structures headed by “a mom and a dad”:
PERKINS: Kids are still born to moms and dads, to women and men. Still takes a man and a woman to create a child. Children aren't born to the neighborhood watch; they are born to a man and woman. There is a reason for that. God gives them to man and woman. And the reality is now we have decades worth of social science that show children do best with a mom and dad who love them, who are married, and care for them. Moving away from that notion, which the left would love to do, will be devastating for society. [emphasis added]
The ad, which was promoting Harris-Perry's call for renewed investment in education, clearly had nothing to do with same-sex marriage. Yet Perkins, who never misses an opportunity to attack marriage equality, took a not-so-subtle jab at households led by same-sex parents. Perkins' claim isn't supported by scientific research, which has consistently found that children raised by gay parents do just as well as those raised by heterosexual parents.
When Perkins tried to push a similar talking point on MSNBC last month, he was grilled for peddling junk science. On Fox News, he gets a free pass.