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-- 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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Harry Jackson

-- Christian preacher and Pentecostal bishop who serves as the senior pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland.

-- Regional bishop in the Fellowship of International Churches.

-- Led the failed effort in opposition of marriage equality in Washington, D.C.

 

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Linda Jernigan

-- "Ex-gay" activist who regularly partners with the Illinois Family Institute

-- Lobbies against LGBT rights in Illinois

 

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-- Claims expanding homosexuality is "Satan's plan"

-- Says: "To say that homosexuals have gay pride is an oxymoron because based on how they are and based on how they present themselves, there is nothing to be proud about" (at :35)

Jeff Johnston

-- Focus on the Family gender issues and marriage analyst

 

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Robert Knight

-- Conservative commentator and Senior Fellow at the American Civil Rights Union (a far-right response to the ACLU)

-- Former employee of Concerned Women For America, Family Research Council, Coral Ridge Ministries, more

 

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David Kupelian

-- Managing editor of WND (formerly known as WorldNetDaily)

-- Author of “The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom,” which is largely focused on the idea that LGBT rights has been "sold" to America as part of an evil marketing strategy

 

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Richard Land

-- President of Southern Evangelical Seminary

-- Past president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

 

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Robert Oscar López (aka Bobby Lopez)

-- Professor (CA State University Northridge) and conservative commentator

-- Headline speaker at various marriage rallies, testified in favor of various state marriage bans, and filed amicus briefs arguing against marriage equality at the state and federal level

 

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Paul Madore

- Co-chair of the No Special Rights PAC

 

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