Tony Perkins Distances Himself From Rand Paul’s Obama ‘Gayer’ Joke: Not ‘A Laughing Matter’

On CBS’s Face The Nation on Sunday, Bob Schieffer asked Family Research Council president Tony Perkins about the controversial anti-gay joke that Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul made about President Obama saying “Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.” “Got a big laugh there, what’s your take?” Schieffer said. Perkins rebuked Paul for his comments, saying the issue was serious and that he should not have ridiculed President Obama about it.

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“I don’t think it’s a laughing matter,” Perkins said pointedly.

Perkins also said discussion over same-sex marriage should be “respectful”:

“I don’t think this is something we should joke about. Ah, we’re talking about individuals who feel very strongly one way or the other, and I think we should be civil, respectful, allowing all sides to have the debate, I’m glad that’s what you’re doing here this morning, but I think this is not something to laugh about, to poke fun of other people about.”

Watch Perkins distance himself from Paul below via CBS:

(h/t ThinkProgress)

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