Franklin Graham

-- President and CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

 

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-- Claims Satan is behind LGBT rights and advocacy: "This is a full-scale assault against Christianity and the followers of Christ. When prayer is banned from the public square, when our President fails to defend biblically defined marriage, and he openly and zealously advocates for gay rights; when legislators rush to overrule existing laws to promote gay marriage; when schools and courts consistently suppress religious freedoms; we know we are locked in a war against the Christian faith, not culture. The architect behind this offensive is none other than Satan himself. The Scripture says that the devil, our archenemy, is bent on as much destruction as possible."

-- Insists that gay and lesbian people cannot have families: "[Same-sex marriage] takes the family away and there is no way you can have a family with two females or two males, if you just think biologically how God made us our plumbing is completely different."

--Says he wants to "warn people" about the "consequences" of being gay: “But to wink at sin and to tell somebody it`s okay, when I know the consequences of what will happen one day when they have to stand before God,” said Graham.  “So I want to warn people, and I think the Pope is right when he says he is not the judge. He is not the judge. God is the judge.”

-- Claims he loves gay people "enough to care to warn them that if they want to continue living like this, it's the flames of hell for you"

-- Preaches: "States now are approving same-sex marriage, and our politicians in Washington, both Democrat and Republican, are supporting this whole thing of same-sex marriage, and these things are detestable before almighty God. "

-- Claims supporting marriage equality means "shaking a fist" at God: "In changing his position from that of senator/candidate Obama, President Obama has, in my view, shaken his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage. It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more."

-- Supports Russia's draconian laws against "gay propaganda": "Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue—protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda—Russia’s standard is higher than our own? In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues. Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda. Our president and his attorney general have turned their backs on God and His standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration’s lead. This is shameful. The world used to look to America for moral leadership. But those days are long gone."

-- Insists "there is no place for compromise" on same-sex marriage

-- Says that by allowing openly gay young, the Boy Scouts supported "corrupt values": The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that they were reconsidering their long-standing policy against admitting homosexuals into their ranks. The Scouts have been under fire by liberal activists for years, and a reversal of their policy would demonstrate just how much pressure our politically correct culture has placed on institutions to conform to their corrupt values. This is an organization that has stood for moral integrity for over a century. The tide of immorality has risen to new heights."

-- Equates LGBT behavior with senseless violence, citing both as examples of "moral decline": "Since the recent election, we’ve seen same-sex couples lining up at courthouses in several states to receive their marriage licenses, and hundreds of people gathering in public places to light up marijuana cigarettes in the states where it has just been decriminalized.This is only the tip of the iceberg. The moral decline we see on television programs—blatant immorality, senseless violence, media-friendly gay and lesbian behavior—is just a reflection of the moral corruption that has infected our entire nation. These are indeed dark days … but there is hope."

-- Claims NBA player Jason Collins' coming out is "yet another example of our culture’s dramatic turning away from biblical values": "All the way to the White House, NBA player Jason Collins was hailed as a hero in late April when he became the first active male professional sports athlete on a North American team to publicly declare his homosexuality. President Obama said he “couldn’t be prouder” of Collins, who made the announcement via a Sports Illustrated cover story. First lady Michelle Obama appeared at a fundraising event with Collins and said he “has just made the difference in the lives of so many of our young people.” It was yet another example of our culture’s dramatic turning away from biblical values and toward embracing homosexuality as a civil right."

-- Says same-sex marriage rights "rearrange God's divine order"

-- On same-sex marriage, claims (at 4:20) that it would "be a great mistake if our nation went down this road."

-- Accuses gay people of "recruiting" children

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Commentator Accountability Project (CAP)

Glenn Stanton

-- Director for Family Formation Studies, Focus on the Family

 

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Todd Starnes

-- Fox News Radio host and Fox News contributor

-- conservative columnist/commentator; regular guest on Family Research Council and American Family Association programs and speaking rosters

 

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-- When Supreme Court overturned the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, responded: "Supreme Court overrules God"

Mat Staver

-- Chairman, Liberty Counsel and Dean, Liberty University Law School

 

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-- Suggested marriage equality should lead opponents to rise up and fight “another American Revolution.

John Stemberger

-- Head of Florida Family Policy Council (part of Focus on the Family's national network)

-- Leader of "On My Honor," an organization formed to fight against an inclusive Boy Scouts

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Kevin Swanson

-- Director of Generations with Vision, a ministry focused on homeschooling

-- Host of "Generations Radio"

 

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Randy Thomasson

-- Head of the Save California organization

-- Founder of RescueYourChild.com, a site that parents to remove their kids from public schools because those schools are too LGBT-inclusive

 

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-- His organization released a document (later scrubbed) that equated town clerks who had to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples with soldiers who were forced to "gas the Jews"

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