John Helmberger

- Chief Executive Officer of Minnesota Family Council (MFC)

- Chairman of Minnesota For Marriage

 

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- Claims "Redefinition of marriage obscures the picture of Christ and his Bride, robs God of glory due him, and undermines the witness of the Church." 

- Claims Christians, as both "citizens of heaven and citizens of an earthly kingdom," have an obligation to vote against same-sex marriage in order to "restrain evil."

- Frames the "battle" for civil marriage as being one of God vs. gays: "Perseverance also requires a firm conviction that this cause is right — and a humble reliance on God’s wisdom and power for our ultimate success. No issue facing us today is more crucial to the future of our culture than the preservation of society’s most fundamental building block – families based on the marriage of one man and one woman.  Join us in earnestly seeking God’s help to preserve marriage as He established it, “for the battle is the Lord’s” (I Samuel 17:47)."

- While recounting an email, denied that there is such thing as church/state separation, that people are born gay, that civil marriage is a civil right, etc.: "In this case, the writer of the e-mail repeated the usual phony arguments for legalizing SSM — i.e., that the Constitution prescribes “separation of church and state” (it doesn’t); that homosexuals are born that way (they aren’t); that marriage is for any two people who “fall in love” (it isn’t); that it’s a matter of civil rights for gays and lesbians (it isn’t); that there is no scientific basis for claiming that children of same-sex couples are disadvantaged “in any significant respect” (there is); and that procreation is not an essential purpose of marriage (it is).  

 

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Barb Anderson

-Longtime researcher for the Minnesota Family Council

-Head of the Parents Action League (which the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as an anti-gay hate group)

 

Facts

- Has suggested that "a lot" of gay teens have been sexually abused, which is why they are "sexually confused" and in need of "change":

Ryan T. Anderson

-- Fellow at conservative Heritage Foundation

-- Editor of Public Discourse, the publication of conservative think tank The Witherspoon Institute

-- Co-author (with Robert George) of What Is Marriage?

 

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Joseph Backholm

- Head of the Family Policy Insitute of Washington

- Preserve Marriage Washington Chairman

 

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Ron Baity

- Head of Return America organization

- Has installed Vote For Marriage billboards across NC

 

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- Implies that gay people are worse than maggots:

 

- Compares gay people to murderers:

Matt Barber

-- Associate Dean at Liberty University School of Law

-- One of the most visible spokespeople for the Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT legal outfit

 

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David Barton

-- Head of WallBuilders and host of conservative radio show "WallBuilders Live"

-- Frequent guest on Glenn Beck's various programs

 

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David Benham

-- Star of HGTV's upcoming reality series Flip It Forward (*UPDATE: show has been cancelled)

-- Cofounder and board member of Coalition of Conscience, an anti-LGBT organization headed up by radical anti-LGBT activist Michael Brown

-- Son of founder of controversial anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-Islam group Operation Save America; at various points, David has been identified as an OSA leader

 

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Brad Brandon

- Pastoral Outreach Director for Minnesota for Marriage

- Host of "Word of Truth" radio show

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