Los Angeles (CNN) - Prominent social conservative Tony Perkins called on political activists Thursday evening to withhold contributions to Republican campaign committees, as the GOP is embroiled in a debate over social issues.
Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the request in an email to supporters of his organization, as members of the Republican National Committee met in California to discuss campaign strategy and political messaging.
"Until the RNC and the other national Republican organizations grow a backbone and start defending core principles, don’t send them a dime of your hard-earned money," Perkins said in the email, a copy of which was obtained by CNN. "If you want to invest in the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who reflect your values and organizations you trust-like FRC Action."
Perkins’ organization joined 12 other like-minded political groups in criticizing the RNC for "marginalizing social conservatives and avoiding the issues which attract and energize them by the millions," in a letter sent to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus earlier this week.
Perkins and other social conservatives are angry over an RNC report released last month that called for the GOP to rethink its language and messaging to young voters specifically on the issue of same sex marriage. The GOP task force charged with authoring the report suggested the party needed to soften its tone on this issue.
Perkins, in the Thursday email, called on the RNC "to pass a resolution reiterating the GOP’s support for the party platform that was overwhelmingly adopted in Tampa last year."
The RNC will take up a resolution Friday that reaffirms the GOP platform defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Perkins said the RNC has made a misstep by trying to appeal to younger voters in this way and in doing so has alienated social conservatives.
"Instead of trying to appease millennials, Republicans should try educating them on why marriage matters," Perkins wrote. "There’s an entire group of 'Countercultural Warriors' full of compelling young leaders who are all going to the mat to protect marriage."