Wrong Side of History: Rick Perry Equates Anti-LGBT Bigots With Abolitionist Movement

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Rick Perry's at it again, attempting to score cheap points with right-wing conservatives by promoting anti-LGBT bigotry. In the video below, Perry speaks to noted hate-monger Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in support of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay scout leaders and apparent “don't ask, don't tell” attitude towards gay scouts.

Describing the push for full LGBT equality as the “flavor of the month,” Perry makes a tortured argument in which he equates those advocating for second-class status for gay Americans — i.e. the bigots who oppose LGBT rights — with Texas Governor Sam Houston's refusal to leave the union over the issue of slavery.

Watch the video courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

I know, you're all “Wait, what? He's equating opposition to LGBT civil rights with support for abolition?” Yes, he sure is. But what else do you expect from an intellectual heavyweight who got a C in U.S. History and a D in Principles of Economics?


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Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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