Religious right’s Tony Perkins threatening to sue Dan Savage?

Dan Savage at work, HDR by John Aravosis.

The president of the officially-designated “hate group,” the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, seems to have just threatened to sue Dan Savage.

Dan Tweeted in response, early this evening, “Sue me, Tony. I’d love to see you talk about my ‘issues’ on a witness stand.”

Perkins is upset with Dan because Dan said during one of his talks that “every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council” and that “Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work.”  Dan, as you might know, has a few concerns about gay teen suicide and the role religious right hate groups play in convincing children (and society) that they are beneath worthless.

The far-right thought they pulled a “gotcha!” on Dan because they secretly filmed his talk to hundreds of college students, probably half of whom were recording the talk on their phones anyway.  Yeah, big “gotcha!” that was.

Perkins went on Mike Huckabee’s show and seemed to suggest that he’s planning to sue Dan:

As my teenagers would say, he has some issues. He is a man with some real deep-seated issues … and Dan Savage is nowhere near, he’s a hundred and eighty degrees from the positions that we have taken. It’s wrong and I will tell you this, we are pursuing everything possible to deal with him because he is out of control…. This is the bottom line, Mike: is that if you don’t embrace and celebrate homosexuality and everything associated with it, then you are intolerant. And the truth of the matter is, let’s just be very, very truthful, and that’s what we deal in is the truth, that even is society embraced homosexuality, there would never be that sense of self-fulfillment because it’s outside the way God created man and woman. And that’s the bottom line. They cannot erase that, even if they get every law on the books changed, it will never change that.

Yes, Dan is intolerant of Tony’s intolerance.

Dan, not surprisingly, is standing by his words.

Yes, Tony, I have issues.

I have issues with people who would deny me and other LGBT people our full civil equality for no legitimate reason. I have particular issues with high-profile haters who encourage parents to reject their LGBT kids, doubling their already quadrupled risk for suicide. I have issues with people who say that LGBT people are “pawns of the devil.” I have issues with people who compare LGBT people to terrorists. I have issues with people who falsely link homosexuality and pedophilia. I have issues with people who suggest that a law calling for the execution of gay people merely “upholds moral conduct.”

Sue me, Tony. I’d love to see you talk about my “issues” on a witness stand.

Here’s the vewy scawy video of Dan that the religious right is so upset about:

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