Maggie Gallagher

-- Founder and former president and board president of the National Organization for Marriage

-- President of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy

-- Currently affiliated with the American Principles Project

 

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-- Admits she sees homosexuality as "an unfortunate thing"; advises that "you can always control your behavior"; says gay people's "desires" are to be subjected to "moral critique" (AUDIO AT LINK

-- Referred to being gay as “a sexual disability preventing certain individuals from participating in the normal reproductive patterns of the human species.”

-- Called on the Bush administration to dedicate research dollars to "ex-gay" therapy

-- Compared winning the fight to ban marriage for gay couples with the fall of communism and believes that if it is made legal, it will mean “losing American civilization.” 

-- Believes polygamy is better than marriage equality: “At least polygamy, for all its ugly defects, is an attempt to secure stable mother-father families for children.” 

-- Said “I oppose extending anti-discrimination laws to gays.” 

-- Sees both gay couples and their supporters as "committing several kinds of various serious sins." 

-- Says gay people see marriage as just "a symbol"; claims the fight is "not about marriage" (38:10–38:35)

-- Defended the "ex-gay" organization JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality), claiming the scientifically discredited therapy is simply "help" for gay Jews

-- Says Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy declared a "fatwa" on people who oppose marriage equality

 

--UPDATE - Internal memos obtained by the Human Rights Campaign reveal that Gallagher's organization, the National Organization for Marriage, was actively attempting to—in its own words—"drive a wedge between gays and blacks" and "provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing (black) spokesmen and women as bigots." A 2008–2009 Board Update also revealed that one of NOM's goals was "fanning the hostility" (p.12) between the LGBT community and the black community.

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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) and the MN Child Protection League

 

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-- 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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-- Insists same-sex marriage is "tempting the wrath of God"

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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