Focus on the Family President

Contributor to The Washington Post's "On Faith" column


Enthusiastically promoted the story of an “ex-gay” woman, at one point agreeing with her that marriage equality is wrong because it traps“people who struggle with same-sex attraction” from “seeing the error that they’re in.”

In interview with an “ex-gay” man, began discussion about his homosexuality with their question, “What happened to you that set you on a path of destruction?”

—In recent book, pondered the “contributing factors” that “lead a child into same-sex attraction”: “Could children who feel as if they can’t meet their parents’ expectations find those familial pressures so severe that it could impact even the core of their sexual orientation? Could that, along with many other contributing factors, lead a child into same-sex attraction.”

In an interview with a non-accepting mother of a gay son, suggested that bush and other factors “cause” homosexuality: “...even Dr. Dobson used to say, this cannot be simply a choice, because who would choose to do that? And I think someone who understood child development as he did, I mean, he knew there were complexities that occur in a young boy, a young girl's life typically, that begin to set them in a direction that disorients them when it comes to their sexuality;” In this same interview, he said “it was a good disclaimer” when the mom said that God condemns gay acts as opposed to gay relationships.

Said of marriage equality: “I've often thought to myself as this marriage push is moving forward, it's like the caution of the rich man who pursues riches. They get billions and then they realize that it's not satisfying me. My whole life I've been pursuing money and now I've got all this money and it's not meeting the need. I feel like it's gonna be the same for these people. They're going to go to court. They're gonna fight. They're gonna scratch and claw and they're gonna get some kind of affirmation from the government and they're gonna go, "It's not fulfilling the hole in my heart."

—Says gay people are a threat to civilization: "Politicians and the press are obviously trying to minimize what the American people think on [marriage for gay couples]. They don't want us to think that the most important institution, more important than the war, more important than sickness -- it is marriage folks. If this goes, civilization goes down." 

—Has said that gay people "find themselves in homosexuality," (0:44) and will, via striving toward fairness and equality, bring forth the "judgment of God." (1:10-1:20)

—Used Lady Gaga as an opportunity to "change" gay people: "[T]he message found within the lyrics of Born This Way is in stark contrast to the message of the Gospel. All of us are born into sin, the Bible tells us, with desires and resulting actions that separate us from God and put us at odds with His blueprint for our lives. But the Good News is we’re not hopelessly trapped in our sin and failure. Despite the fact that we were 'born this way,' each of us can be set free – from homosexuality, or heterosexual sex outside of marriage, or pornography, or greed, or gossip, or any other human shortcoming – to be the men and women God intended us to be." [Note: Focus on the Family scrubbed the post off their site; one backup copy can be found here.]

—Said two loving gay parents add no value to parenting: "But the fatherhood ‘effect’ is not cumulative—two daddies are not better than one—nor is a mother dispensable or replaceable. Instead of expending precious (and finite) energy and resources on selling the merits of two—father or two-mother families, the [Obama] administration would be wise to invest and encourage the loving presence of both a mom and a dad."

On those who criticize anti-gay activism: "Unfortunately, this is becoming a pattern for those that oppose Christianity. They want to control our speech in the public square, embarrass us and try to belittle us. It really is a form of fascism.”

—Says foes of marriage equality should be encouraged, because "reality is not going to contradict God’s law and humans have the best chance to flourish when they follow it"; obvious implication is that gays are against God's law.