Anti-gay conservative groups are sounding off on Obama’s inaugural speech, where the president reaffirmed his support for equal rights for LGBTs “under the law.”
Groups like the Family Research Council think the president’s mention of gays during his speech was just another chance for him to push the “radical agenda” during a time when the country comes together as a nation.
“The irony is, homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else. But that fact that all people are created equal as individuals does not mean all sexual behavior is equal or that all personal relationships have an equal value to society at large,” Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for Policy Studies at the FRC told CNN on Jan. 22 as quoted by Towleroad.
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In 2010, the FRC was at the center of a scandal when it came to light that its co-founder, George Alan Rekers, had gone on a 10-day trip to Europe accompanied by a male escort. Rekers said at the time that he hired the escort as a “travel assistant,” to help carry luggage, and not for sexual purposes.
The group also made headlines when a man allegedly with ties to pro-gay organizations walked into FRC’s headquarters and shot a security guard.
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown seconded Sprigg’s feelings on Obama’s speech. In a blog post, he pledged to “defend the institution which the President has chosen to undermine once again.”
"Gay and lesbian people are already treated equally under the law. They have the same civil rights as anyone else; they have the right to live as they wish and love whom they choose. What they don’t have is the right to redefine marriage for all of society,” he wrote.
“The concept of gay 'marriage' would have been totally alien to our founding fathers, and the protection and advancement of marriage between one man and one woman will immeasurably serve the common good of this country and further strengthen our Union.”