Bill Donohue

-- Head of the Catholic League

 

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-- Says AIDS is "self-inflicted": "The fact is that the artist who made the vile video died of self-inflicted wounds: he died of AIDS. The homosexual, David Wojnarowicz, hated the Catholic Church (had he lived by its teachings, he would not have self-destructed)" 

-- Claims same-sex marriage is "one of the most bizarre ideas in human history"

-- Equated married equality with Apartheid: "[I]f people don’t realize what we’re up against here, they may be a minority but you know it was a minority of people in South Africa who took away the rights of Black people. You can be a well-organized minority in this country here such as those on the left, gay and straight alike, and have a tremendous amount of influence if you have this lust and appetite for power."  (15:1515:36)

-- Champion of the organization Courage, which tells gay people that chastity is their only option for a faithful life: "The Catholic outreach program for homosexuals, Courage, has done magnificent work seeking to help homosexuals abide by the Church’s teachings on sexuality...Courage is not some renegade Catholic group like Dignity: it is an apostolate of the Catholic Church that has won the praise of Pope John Paul II and many others. Its goal is to “help persons with same-sex attractions develop a life of interior chastity in union with Christ."

-- Despite the existence of gay-affirming faith groups, said: "Every world religion is either opposed to homosexuality or takes no position on it; not one finds it acceptable. So if being opposed to homosexuality makes one phobic, then almost the entire world (throughout all of history) suffers the same malady….How about adultery and incest—is opposition to them also phobic?" 

-- Claims "two men cannot get married. They cannot form a family. It's a fiction" and that gay peple have been "disqualified" from forming a family "by nature and nature's God." (48:0049:00)

-- Says God smites faith communities who welcome gay people: "In other words, those religions whose teachings on abortion and marriage approximate the views of the New York Times and NPR are in free fall. Looks like God is truly looking out for those religions that don't treat Scripture as if it were a post-modern text to be deconstructed by left-wing ideologues." 

-- On marriage equality: "If somebody said this while I was a kid growing up, they would've said 'let's call 911 and take me to Bellevue' -- that's how crazy this idea of two men getting married" (4:36)

-- Said: “The idea of two men marrying is so bizarre and so anti-marriage that it is a great tribute to the American people that they continue to respect the right of gays to participate in American life without harassment while simultaneously rejecting the extremist gay agenda.” 

-- Warned: “We’re not going to allow gay people to adopt children, that’s against nature, it’s against nature’s God.” (1:24-1:28)

-- Said: "Yes, there’s a connection between Irish and alcoholism, and, yes, there’s a connection between homosexuality and sexual abuse of minors."

-- Despite worldwide trends and diversity of portrait, says marriage equality is province of "white liberals": "This is such a bizarre idea, you go to Latin America or Africa or to the Middle East or to Russia or Asia and you ask those people about two men getting married and they'll look at you like you're nuts -- this is the white man's burden.  This is the white, upper-class, well-educated liberals who decide this is a good idea." (2:363:00)

-- Authored a booklet 100% geared toward keeping gays out of the Boy Scouts

-- Likened the Supreme Court's decision overturning the Defense of Marriage act to an "asocial vision" where "all we have are unhinged individuals, men and women who go about their business willy-nilly, creating and recreating their world, without any collective end."

-- In mid-90s debate, suggested AIDS was punishment for going against the "natural order" and likened those seeking a cure to AIDS to smokers seeking a cure for lung cancer (3:505:10)

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Ben Carson

--Neurosurgeoun with an eye on conservative politics

 

Facts

-- In Fox News appearance, equated gays with bestiality and the North American Man/Boy Love Association: "Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition."

Micah Clark

-- Head of the American Family Association of Indiana


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Richard Cohen

-- Founder of the International Healing Foundation, an organization headquartered in Maryland

-- Unlicensed therapist who presents himself as an expert

-- Was a member of the controversial Unification Church for twenty years; his marriage was arranged by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon himself

 

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