Protestants Join Catholics in Opposing Contraceptive Mandate

By Melanie Arter | February 20, 2012 | 4:39 PM EST

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. (AP photo)

( – Family Research Center President Tony Perkins said Monday that a number of Protestant religious leaders are joining conservatives and Catholics who oppose President Obama’s contraceptive mandate.

During an appearance Monday on C-SPAN, Perkins was asked whether he was concerned about polls and The Washington Post, which say that Sen. Rick Santorum’s views on contraceptives are more extreme than average Americans.

“No, I mean … what he has said as a good Catholic – he does not use birth control, or that’s apparently what he has said about he and his wife. He’s free to do that. I mean I think he has a right do that, and he has a right not to be forced to fund things that he disagrees with in terms of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church,” Perkins said.

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“I think most people recognize that. That’s why a number of Protestant denominations and religious leaders have stepped up who – they don’t talk about birth control, that’s not an issue that they’re concerned with. But they have stepped up, because they see this as a religious freedom issue. That’s really what this is about. It’s not about contraception,” he said.

“It’s about mandates, and of course this all comes from the president’s mandate that every American buy health care. That’s the concern,” Perkins added.