John Helmberger

- Chief Executive Officer of Minnesota Family Council (MFC)

- Chairman of Minnesota For Marriage

 

Facts

- 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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Commentator Accountability Project (CAP)

Sandy Rios

-- American Family Radio host and Fox News contributor

-- Illinois marriage inequality activist

-- Former president of Concerned Women For America

 

Facts

Pat Robertson

-- Founder and Chairman, The Christian Broadcasting Network, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), and Regent University (among others)

-- Host, "The 700 Club"

 

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Samuel Rodriguez

-- President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Hispanic Evangelical Association) 

-- Leader of the Imago Dei Campaign

 

Facts

-- Claims (at 16:53) that "we have a moral responsibility to tell the world that adultery, pornography, homosexuality, hypocrisy, and lies will all "take you to hell"

Austin Ruse

-- President of Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

-- Contributor to conservative news outlets like Breitbart.com

-- Fired from contributing to AFA Radio after suggesting liberal professors should be "taken out and shot"

 

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Cathy Ruse

-- Senior Fellow of Legal Studies at Family Research Council

-- Married to Austin Ruse, president of Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

 

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Jonathan Saenz

-- Head of Texas Values, an Austin-based anti-LGBT group

 

Facts

-- Tells gay people that they must "change": "My heart breaks for you if you are currently choosing to live a sinful sexual lifestyle while also trying to convince others that it is also okay to live a sinful lifestyle without making any efforts to change or resist sin and temptation. You can make a decision today to "go and sin no more." It's not too late. It's never too late."

David Smith

--Head of the Illinois Family Institute

 

Facts

-- Freely admits his opposition to "immoral" gays: "We must not settle for any counterfeit that would legitimize immoral homosexual relationships, no matter what it is called."

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