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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John Eastman

-- National Organization For Marriage's Chairman

 

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Bob Emrich

- Co-head of the campaign to overturn Maine’s marriage equality law in 2009

- Northeast Field Ambassador at the Family Research Council

- Chair of Protect Marriage Maine

 

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- Says marriage equality is a "direct challenge to the righteousness and wisdom of God" (comments shared with a Sept. 2011 national pastor webinar)

Karen England

-- Head of the Capitol Resource Institute

-- Co-chair of the coalition attempting to repeal a California law that protects transgender students

 

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Joe Fuiten

- Pastor of Bothell's Cedar Park Assembly Church who is widely known for his political involvement 

- Serves on the board of directors for the Family Policy Institute of Washington

 

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