Steve & Becky Riggle

-- Senior pastors of Houston, Texas' Grace Church

 

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STEVE

-- Called on Houston's openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, to step down from office simple because she supports same-sex marriage (i.e. her own marriage to her partner of twenty-three years)

-- Insists that homosexuality is a "personal lifestyle choice": "The mayor is shamefully equating the civil rights guaranteed and protected by the Civil Rights Act because of the color of a person's skin with her personal lifestyle choice."

-- Says he opposes nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people because "we should not be forced to normalize lifestyle choices that God says 'no' to."

-- Claims ordinance barring discrimination against LGBT people is on par with forcing African American business owners to serve the KKK: "There is no comparison between this ordinance and a true Civil Rights bill. Instead, this bill would be the equivalent of forcing a print shop owned by African Americans to print KKK posters. As for those who say that gay is the new black, there is no behavior or lifestyle associated with being black, but there is a definite behavior and lifestyle associated with being gay."

 

BECKY

-- In addition to LGBT people, suggests businesses should also be free to discriminate against Jewish customers

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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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