Thursday’s edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews played host to a heated battle between Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Family Research Council Tony Perkins over issues related to homosexuality.
Matthews began the segment by asking Perkins about a previous statement he made to CNN saying he doubts his children would become gay because he and his wife have taught them the proper way to interact as human beings. “What do you mean by that? If he’s gay, he’s gay,” Matthews asked.
“When you look at the social science research, there is not conclusive evidence that this is genetic or biological. it is a complex mix of environmental factors. And when you can control many of those environmental factors, you can teach your kids certain ways, you can protect them from certain experiences and certain things that could happen to them that could lead them down a certain path,” Perkins said, implying that homosexuality is something parents can control.
Naturally, openly-gay Congressman Frank took issue with Perkin’s claims, and sharply responded.
WATCH the epic showdown above.