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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-- Penned column calling for gays to be chaste: "From the premise that homosexual characteristics are 'determined,' many make the unwarranted leap of asserting the moral legitimacy of homosexual acts. Alcoholism, for example, is often claimed to be genetic, yet its being genetic does not mean it is good. Certainly we know people who are 'by nature' gentle or violent, honest or dishonest, prudish or licentious. But we don't assume every action is determined by one's genetic composition. We neither excuse the crimes of a pedophiliac priest for genes that attracted him to children, nor do we dismiss the generosity of someone like Mother Teresa as the consequence of her biological makeup. We have good and bad desires, and likewise we have orientations that may incline us toward good or bad. These desires and orientations, however, are not morally important; only our actions and intentions are. Regardless of our 'natural' yearnings, we are called to the good."..."All people, regardless of their genetic makeup, orientation, or "natural" urges, are called to be saints. No one is excused from living out his or her calling in the realm of sexuality — not the womanizer, the "easy" girl, the engaged couple that just can't wait, the porn enthusiast or the sexually active gay couple."

-- Claims same-sex marriage is a "lie": "Same-sex marriage never will be widely accepted in America for a simple reason: It's based on a lie."

-- Wrote lengthy, misinformative, pro-"ex-gay" column advocating for a friend who "suffers same-sex attractions, he doesn’t want to, and he seeks to be made whole again"; followed up with a separate pro-"ex-gay" article

-- Tells gay man from a state with marriage equality: "you can get a marriage license, but you can't get married."

-- Says Glee corrupts youth: "We should be as concerned about what the FOX TV show Glee has done to corrupt a young generation as we are about anything the Court has done."

-- Defends scientifically-repudiated "therapy" for homosexuality

-- In piece advising conservatives on how to move forward in marriage fight, says churches should work to "set free" people with "same-sex attractions": "The second will be particular ministries to those who experience same-sex attractions and to those who experience gender-identity conflicts. Both the truths that we are created male and female, and that male and female are created for each other, are being challenged in ways that they never have been before. The church will need to think through these issues and develop pastoral plans that truly meet people where they are with the truth of Christ that can set them free. "

-- Falsely claims (at 2:28) that "we see the same voices who advocate to redefine marriage to exclude sexual complementarity are also the voices who are saying that we should redefine marriage to include polygamy and polyamory and group marriage, to include sexually open relationships, and even to include expressly temporary relationships where marriage just lasts as long as the love lasts."

-- Claims gay rights are "makebelieve

-- While at Princeton, co-authored a letter to the school's paper calling on the LGBT Center to include "ex-gay" advocates (like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's son) in their lectures: "We suggest that the LBGT Center invite Fr. Paul Scalia, the chaplain of the COURAGE ministry to Christians who experience same-sex attractions...One would hope that the LGBT Center could be "by, for and about" the whole University — including those who do not share their ideology but still seek to learn about LGBT issues. The mission also includes 'advocating for the needs and concerns of LGBT students.' We hope that this includes students with same-sex attractions who, having evaluated the actual arguments on the competing sides, commit themselves to lives of chastity and desire support in living up to their commitment. Will the LGBT Center support them?"

-- Denigrates same-sex couples' sexualities and marriages by claiming: "Same-sex marriage is only plausible in a world that has already done so much damage to marriage and human sexuality."

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Douglas Napier

--Senior Vice President at anti-LGBT legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund)

-- Resigned from American Bar Association because of "controversial" stances like support for LGBT equality

 

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Star Parker

-- Founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a conservative think tank

-- Conservative commenator whose columns appear on Townhall, WND, OneNewsNow, and elsewhere

 

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Thomas Peters

-- Known as "The American Papist," Thomas blogs/advocates for CatholicVote.org

-- (Former) Communications Director for National Organization For Marriage

 

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-- Calls marriage equality supporters "the forces of evil"

Stephen Pidgeon

- Attorney aligned with the Alliance Defending Freedom

- Anti-equality activist and sometime political candidate

 

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- Says: "same-sex marriage is a sharp dagger in the heart of sacred society.  If we lose this fight, we're gone."

- Says gays are "enslaved" and "captured"

Christopher Plante

-- National Organization for Marriage's Communications Director (as of late 2013)

-- Former Exec. Dir. of NOM Rhode Island

 

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-- Says children of gay parents are in a "tragic situation" and equated having gay parents to having divorced or even dead parents (see second video down on webpage)

Tom Prichard

-- President of the Minnesota Family Council

-- Lobbyist for Minnesota For Marriage

 

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Ralph Reed

-- Founder and Chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition

-- Former head of the Christian Coalition

 

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Dran Reese

--Director of the Salt and Light Council

-- Ministry partner of Liberty Counsel, one of the most anti-LGBT legal organizations in America

 

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