Family Research Council president Tony Perkins announced today that he has has been selected to be a delegate to the GOP convention for the state of Louisiana. Perkins is a former Louisiana state representative with ties to white supremacists.
Perkins was also elected to the GOP platform committee, a group that sets the official priorities and positions for the Republican party. His inclusion last year drove the party to adopt one of the most conservative platforms to date.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated FRC an official “hate group” for their vehement anti-LGBT rhetoric and extreme stances on civil rights issues. Perkins is a regular pundit for religious media outlets and FOX News.
From a press release Perkins sent out to crow about his election to the coveted committee.
We may not know who will be representing the GOP at the Republican National Convention, but I know one person who will be representing Louisiana — me! For the second time, I’ll be serving as a delegate for my home state when the Cleveland event gets underway July 18. Just as importantly, I’ve been elected by the delegation to serve on the Republican Platform Committee, which is where some of the most significant debates over the party’s core values occur.
In 2012, my role as a delegate gave me the opportunity to play a key role in amending the marriage plank, which led to the committee approving a much stronger version than 2008’s. We also tightened language on obscenity and pornography, protected conscience rights, explained how abortion hurts women, and supported the Second Amendment in D.C. And while the platform work is usually overshadowed by the pageantry of the broader convention, make no mistake: What happens over those two days could dramatically impact the direction of — not just the presidential campaign — but the entire Republican Party and the country.