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Task Force denounces extremist remarks by Focus on the Family leader, who equates marriage equality supporters

Date: 
June 01, 2006

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"James Dobson's statement this week that those fighting for marriage equality are coming 'from the forces of hell itself' is not what's appalling — what's appalling is that the president and leaders in Congress will do his bidding whenever he cracks the whip." — Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

WASHINGTON, June 1 — On Tuesday, during his daily radio show, Family News in Focus, Focus on the Family Chairman James Dobson said: "...as you all very well know, marriage is under vicious attack now, I think from the forces of hell itself. And it's either going to continue to decline, and as I told you in my office a few minutes ago, I believe with that destruction of marriage will come the decline of Western civilization itself....We're really in a crisis point, right now, right now...where the family is either going to survive or it's going to fall apart and it will happen in the next few years...." In the past, Dobson has said same-sex marriage will destroy the U.S., destroy the earth, and is more important than the war on terror. He also has compared marriage equality advocates to Hitler and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In recent weeks, Focus on the Family has been a leader in a coalition voicing its anger over statements made by the First Lady, the vice president and Mary Cheney expressing less than full-throated support for the anti-marriage constitutional amendment and demanding that President Bush be more public in his support for the amendment. In response to this pressure, the president has scheduled a Rose Garden ceremony on Monday, June 5, in support of the measure.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"James Dobson's statement this week that those fighting for marriage equality are coming 'from the forces of hell itself' is not what's appalling — what's appalling is that the president and leaders in Congress will do his bidding whenever he cracks the whip. Next week, the nation will see this puppet show in action: To appease this unabashed bigot — and under his watchful eyes — the president will hold a ceremony in the Rose Garden to push writing discrimination into the Constitution. This is more than outrageous. It's pathetic."

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