In August, Rep. Sally Kern (R-OK) said that gays pose a more serious threat to the country than terrorists. Now fanning the flames of hysteria regarding the gay "national threat" is Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). On Friday, Franks was interviewed on the radio show of Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. He spoke about about marriage as a “special exception,” or right, of straight couples–and stated that marriage equality will destroy the family unit and, ultimately, the nation. (Franks also called in March for impeaching President Obama if the administration didn’t defend the Defense of Marriage Act.) Listen:
Franks: We understand that when we’re granting the rights of marriage, that that’s a special right Tony, that’s something we have suggested is clearly the best possible way to see children raised through the best possible environment to launch the next generation, we believe that with all of our hearts as a society, I think most people understand that. So we’ve set aside this special area of the law that says we’re going to respect traditional marriage of a man and a woman because that is the launching pad of the next generation. Let’s face it; we have made a special exception in the law that gives special consideration and recognition to that.
And when people would come along and blur that distinction and say ‘well that should apply in every way’ it not only is a complete undermining of the principles of family and marriage and the hope of future generations but it completely begins to see our society break down to the extent that that foundational unit of the family that is the hope of survival of this country is diminished to the extent that it literally is a threat to the nation’s survival in the long run. (h/t: Right Wing Watch)