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Ben Sasse

U.S. Senate hopeful: ‘Marriage is defined by God and it predates government’

Monday, April 21, 2014
Ben Sasse, the GOP US Senate candidate from Nebraska who has garnered endorsements from Tea Party-aligned groups including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, appeared on Friday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show to reiterate his commitment to the social conservatives cause. [ Read more → ]
Richard Land

Richard Land ‘exposes’ the ‘Dirty Little Secret’ of the gay community

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
While filling in for Washington Watch host Tony Perkins on Tuesday, Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land and guest Donna Rice Hughes of the anti-pornography group Enough Is Enough agreed that sexual abuse causes homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
safe-schools

The five worst religious right claims about safe schools initiatives

Friday, April 11, 2014
In honor of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence today – an annual event meant to draw attention to the “silencing effects” of anti-gay harassment and name-calling in schools – Right Wing Watch is re-releasing a collection of some of the most troubling recent claims from the Religious Right about safe schools initiatives. [ Read more → ]
Scott  Lively

Lively: Gays are ‘using parts of the body in ways they’re not supposed to be used’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Anti-gay crusader and Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively was a guest on the "The Alan Colmes Show" Tuesday, where he attempted to explain why “homosexuality is a behavioral disorder on par with alcoholism or eating disorders.” [ Read more → ]
Glenn-Beck

Glenn Beck: Gay activist groups ‘are becoming nothing but a terrorist organization’

Friday, April 4, 2014
Glenn Beck reacted to the news that Brendan Eich had resigned from his new position as CEO of Mozilla following an outcry and boycotts stemming from his support for California’s Proposition 8 exactly as you would expect Glenn Beck to react: with a lot of shouting punctuated by a diatribe about whether he is supposed to use the words “gay,” “homosexual,” or “queer.” [ Read more → ]
Richard Land

Southern Baptist Convention leader: Gays are pawns of Satan

Friday, March 28, 2014
On “Washington Watch” on Thursday, Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council sat down with Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land to discuss of Military Religious Freedom Foundation founder Mikey Weinstein, who is loathed by the Religious Right for his work against religious coercion in the military. [ Read more → ]
Pat-Robertson

Robertson blames Satan for gay rights, recalls when gays were stoned to death

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
On Wednesday's broadcast of the "700 Club," Pat Robertson said that Satan is behind homosexuality and that Jesus wouldn’t have served gay couples since they would have been stoned to death. [ Read more → ]
Bill Donohue

Catholic League president wants to lead ‘Straight is great’ contingent at NYC pride

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League announced Wednesday that the controversy over the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade’s ban on LGBT groups has inspired him to apply to march at the New York pride parade with a “Straight Is Great” banner. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Lively: Revolution coming because people are ‘fed up’ with ‘homosexual agenda’

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Scott Lively was a guest on Bryan Fischer’s radio program on Monday to discuss his campaign for governor in Massachusetts but, of course, most of the interview revolved around Fischer’s and Lively’s mutual battle against the “homosexual agenda.” [ Read more → ]
Klingenschmitt

Klingenschmitt: ‘It’s a tragedy every time somebody comes out of the closet’

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
On today’s “Pray In Jesus Name” program, Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt interviewed conservative author Michel Brown about a variety of issues, including the announcement by NFL prospect Michael Sam that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

Michele Bachmann: ‘The gay community have so bullied the American people’

Monday, March 10, 2014
Still reeling from the demise of Arizona’s “right-to-discriminate” bill, Michele Bachmann said last week that she is tired of gay people “bullying” her and the American people. [ Read more → ]
ben-carson

Ben Carson: Gays ‘don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage’

Sunday, March 9, 2014
Conservative columnist Ben Carson, who last year likened gays to pedophiles and compared homosexuality to bestiality, said Saturday "gay people should have the same rights as everyone else ... but they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage.” [ Read more → ]
citizen-link

Focus on the Family: Gays blame Christians for their own emotional pain

Thursday, March 6, 2014
On the most recent “CitizenLink Report” from Focus on the Family, Stuart Shepard and Bruce Hausknecht defended the recently vetoed legal discrimination bill in Arizona as nothing more than “an otherwise ordinary bill” that was badly misrepresented by gay activists. [ Read more → ]
freak-out

Religious right leaders rail against Virginia marriage equality ruling

Friday, February 14, 2014
A federal judge’s decision to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriagehas unsurprisingly stoked the ire of conservatives. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Harvey: Homosexuality is like anorexia, gay people just think they’re gay

Saturday, February 1, 2014
Linda Harvey of Mission America joined the American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon and Ed Vitagliano on Friday for a riveting discussion about homosexuality and Harvey’s new book, “Maybe He’s Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality.” [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)Audience members participate in a same sex wedding during a performance of "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Conservatives lash out at ‘sick,’ ‘despicable,’ ‘disgusting’ Grammys

Monday, January 27, 2014
Anti-gay commentators were none too pleased with last night’s performance of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” at the Grammy Awards, which included a ceremony where thirty-four couples — including same-sex couples — were married. Unsurprisingly, many claimed that the show was evil and mean to anti-gay activists. [ Read more → ]
University of Notre Dame

Illinois Family Institute warns of ‘eternal’ consequences for Notre Dame LGBT group

Monday, January 13, 2014
The Illinois Family Institute, the state affiliate of the American Family Association that led the unsuccessful fight against marriage equality last year, is back to fighting smaller battles, this time attacking the University of Notre Dame for officially recognizing an LGBT group. [ Read more → ]
Pat Robertson

The year in homophobia: Ten of the worst anti-LGBT stories of 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013
By all accounts, 2013 was a banner year for the gay rights movement: The Supreme Court struck down the worst part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine new states legalized marriage equality, polls showed Americans backing gay rights in ever-growing numbers, anti-gay crusader Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in his bid to become Virginia’s governor, the Boy Scouts loosened their discriminatory policies, and the “ex-gay” movement began to self-destruct. [ Read more → ]
Klingenschmitt

Klingenschmitt: Gays have ‘a demonic spirit that is manifesting inside of them’

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
On his “Pray In Jesus Name” program Tuesday, fomer Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt discussed the recent ruling by a Colorado judge against a bakery that had refused to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple... [ Read more → ]
Robertson

Pat Robertson: Your lesbian friend might turn your kids gay

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Pat Robertson told a 700 Club viewer today that she is right to be wary of inviting a lesbian friend over to her home, because that might cause her children to “grow up as lesbians.” [ Read more → ]
Klingenschmitt

Klingenschmitt: Jesus would command married gay couples to get divorced

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt says Christian chaplains can never provide counseling to gay couples, other than to order them to divorce … which is just what Jesus would do. [ Read more → ]
pat-robertson

Pat Robertson on how to pray for your gay family member

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Pat Robertson says he wants to vomit when he sees photos of gay couples, but advised one 700 Club viewer today that homosexuality is a “very delicate situation.” He suggested to a viewer, Teresa, that she could help her openly gay nephew by making him realize the Bible is “explicit” in its condemnation of homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Associated PressSan Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk (left) and Mayor George Moscone, during the signing of the city’s gay rights bill in April 1977. The two men were assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978.

The Legacy of ‘Seeing’ Harvey Milk

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Thirty-five years ago today, our country lost a man who symbolized the breakdown of barriers for LGBT elected officials everywhere. Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major public office in California, had held his office for less than a year before he was assassinated. But even in that short time, Milk helped erase some of the invisible boundaries defining who in our country can be elected officials. Following Marian Wright Edelman’s famous words that “you can’t be what you can’t see,” Harvey Milk gave generations to come a successful LGBT elected official to “see.” [ Read more → ]
gay-wedding-2

Klingenschmitt: West Point chapel desecrated by ‘acts of sodomy’ by gay wedding

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Earlier this month, two male West Point cadets were married at U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel and “Dr. Chaps’ Gordon Klingenschmitt is predictably disgusted because the altar has now been desecrated by having acts of sodomy performed upon it. [ Read more → ]
Russian paratroopers attack a gay activist earlier this year.

Anti-gay activist Scott Lively: Gay people are behind anti-gay violence in Russia

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
While Russia is experiencing an increase in violence directed at gay people and enacting new laws criminalizing pro-gay speech, US Religious Right activists Scott Lively and Linda Harvey are simply denying the prevalence of anti-gay violence. In fact, Lively is blaming other gay people for the uptick in hates crimes. [ Read more → ]
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