(Closed) Focus on the Family CEO Admits: “We’re Losing” on Gay Marriage

posted 11 years ago in LGBTQ
Post # 77
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592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@chasesgirl: Can I ask why? What is so special about marriage that it should be exclusive to heterosexual couples? I’m not saying marriage isn’t special, but why should it be exclusive?

 

I can’t believe in this day and age there are still people against SSM. It makes my blood boil just thinking about the injustice of it all. Hopefully, one day soon these people will see the light, and that it’s really none of their business.

Post # 78
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701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

@chasesgirl: “But the thing is, things like Prop 8 pass either because the opposition just didn’t get out there and vote (which a semi-likely occurance since the supporters of equal marriage rights tend to be younger, and younger people tend to vote less) or that the majority of people didn’t want it. That is just how it works. It appears, yes, it was a minor majority, but all it takes is a majority.

This is actually incorrect. It passed not because marriage equality supporters didn’t come out to vote, it passed because religious organizations from outside of California spent millions of dollars on advertising scare tactics as well as going door-to-door to sway voters. Check out 8: The Mormon Proposition (or read the Prop 8 trial transcripts where it came out). It wasn’t just the Mormons, although they are the ones held most accountable since the majority of the money came from donations from their members. It passed because of specific, well-funded religious organizations, of different denominations and working together, that aren’t even located in California. So, no, it’s not fair, and, yes, we we are seeing the tyranny of the majority motivated by scare tactics and hate mongering.

No other minority’s rights have been put up to vote as much as this issue, and decided on by people who it doesn’t effect.

Post # 79
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427 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@bellagio: Exactly. The majority should NEVER be voting on the rights of a minority. That kind of apathetic “leave it to the voters” mentality will lead us straight back to the dark ages on these topics. Not to mention – religion should have ABSOLUTELY zero sway over policy making. That much is just common sense.

Post # 80
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1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am a Christian and actually grew up in the church with a father who worked for Focus on the Family for years. I completely disagree with the political stances so many Christian organizations are now taking even more than ever before.

The job of the church is to show God’s love and spread the word of what we do believe in, not what we don’t believe in. I don’t care if you personally don’t approve of gay marriage; no one is asking anyone else to suddenly become gay, and until that happens (which, let’s face it- it won’t), no one has a right to condemn those who are homosexuals. Period. 

I think Christians need to focus more on their faith than on condemning others. 

Post # 81
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701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

@brideatbeach: Thank you. 🙂 I never understood why more religious groups didn’t spend their energy on that (or social welfare) as well.

Post # 82
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1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@bellagio: My dad actually ended up resigning from a pretty awesome position at FOTF for that one reason: They were losing sight of their mission and getting too political. They were forgetting the poor, the hurting, the hungry…

One comforting thought for the rest of you who can’t stomach these crazies is that a lot of the people who work for organizations like that totally disagree with the politics and are trying to stay to make changes, even if it doesn’t always work out. I was really bitter about religion for a long time because of ignorant people who feel the need to condemn others and tell them they’re going to Hell.

Post # 84
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962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@2dBride: re: “Yet it seems that often the very people who would be horrified by an opposite-sex couple living together and having children without benefit of marriage believe that such an arrangement should be acceptable to same-sex couples.”

Exactly.

The day before our wedding, my mom (who is pro-ss marriage and can deal with everyone else in the world being gay or bi, as long as it’s not her daughter, apparently) pulled me aside and asked me WHY I felt the “need” to get married. After all, we’d been together for 7 years without marrying, blah blah blah.

Interestingly enough she never asked that question when I was marrying a man… a man she HATED, but a man nonetheless.

And she, herself, was married twice (and twice divorced).

 

 

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