Last week, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., stopped by the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” radio program to discuss the recent fight in the House of Representatives over LGBT nondiscrimination rules for federal contractors.
Franks linked the issue to the debate over marriage equality, claiming that “all of the research shows” that children of opposite-sex parents perform better “on every measureable metric” than those raised by same-sex couples.
“There is no doubt whatsoever that whether it’s caused by divorce or lack of marriage or same-sex marriage, whatever it is, whenever a child is not in a mother-father family, traditional family, they have some odds stacked against them in many areas.”
The congressman then falsely claimed that LGBT rights advocates are trying to force pastors to officiate same-sex couples’ weddings and prohibit speech critical of marriage equality, adding that “the so-called tolerant left are the most intolerant people that I know of.”
Franks, who once called President Obama an “enemy of humanity” and criticized gay marriage as a threat to the survival of society, lectured LGBT rights supporters to be more “kind and decent and respectful.”
Franks also told Perkins that liberals use “vitriolic” and “emotional” rhetoric because they know their ideas “would not survive the test of reality.”
“They can’t have a reasoned discussion because most of their positions simply collapse under the weight of reason,” he said.