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KTAR News: “The majority of Christianity believes that behavior is wrong,” said Eric Stanley, the Senior Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. “With an ordinance like this, they would be coerced by the government to accept that type of behavior and to celebrate it.”
ADF Media: The city of Glendale, Arizona Tuesday temporarily averted repeating the mistakes of Houston, Texas by postponing passing a controversial ordinance that could have serious ramifications on religious freedom within the city. The Alliance Defending Freedom attorney who represented pastors opposed to Houston’s ordinance is a Glendale resident and, in a letter to the council, encouraged the city not to repeat Houston’s error, which led to legal action and a media firestorm in October.
Breitbart: It is not just relatively unknown groups that have raised HRC’s ire. HRC has targeted Ben Bull of the $45 million a year non-profit law firm Alliance Defending Freedom for saying, “Throughout the world, the moniker of ‘human rights’ has long been a cloak for a number of so-called rights that cannot be justified in any other way. From free education, to free healthcare, to various aspects of the homosexual agenda and beyond, human rights have been frequently a rallying cry for people intent on imposing their worldview on others.”
The Daily Signal: Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of your life. But for Bobby Lopez, an unusual figure in the marriage debate, it was a day overshadowed by fear.
Deseret News: World magazine noted the HRC effort and the surprise at some of the group’s targets. “It’s really surprising that HRC would put out something that’s beneath the standards they have set,” Gregg Scott, Alliance Defending Freedom’s vice president of media communications, told the magazine. “HRC has traditionally remained a professional, responsible, ‘calm purveyor’ of its” views.
World Magazine: “It’s really surprising that HRC would put out something that’s beneath the standards they have set,” said Gregg Scott, Alliance Defending Freedom’s vice president of media communications. He said HRC has traditionally remained a professional, responsible, “calm purveyor” of its position, even while opposing ADF.
Newsbusters: Among those on the list were Independent candidate for governor of Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively, Christian radio host and Townhall columnist Michael Brown, Liberty University Law School dean and talk radio host Mat Staver, Christian conservative blogger Matt Barber, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown, Concerned Women for America’s Janice Shaw Crouse, Benjamin Bull of the conservative Christian law group, the Alliance Defending Freedom and Jordan Sekulow of another conservative Christian litigation group, American Center for Law and Justice among many other smaller Christian and conservative groups and professors. – See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kristine-marsh/2014/09/22/gay-group-list-extremist-christians-leads-death-threats#sthash.eUpwPEdV.dpuf
Charisma News: As for the larger organizations, like the ADF (the Alliance Defending Freedom) and ACLJ (the American Center for Law and Justice), with budgets in the 10′s of millions of dollars, the quotes associated with them can in no way be construed as a “vicious brand of bigotry.” (For example, the ADF’s Benjamin Bull is excoriated for stating that “HUMAN RIGHTS HAVE FREQUENTLY BEEN A RALLYING CRY FOR PEOPLE INTENT ON IMPOSING THEIR WORLDVIEW ON OTHERS”; their emphasis).
Slate: More evidence that the demand to redefine marriage, to turn the concept of family completely upside down, is a movement of the elites, not the “99%.”
WND: This week, I have been attacked for writing about the NFL’s first homosexual kiss, but this was not something I was looking for either. Instead, while trying to spend a relaxing night watching sports, this was the biggest news of the day, shouted from the rooftops, so to say, with the (in)famous kiss plastered on the front pages of websites everywhere.
KSL.com: The price tag for hiring outside counsel to defend Utah’s voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage is expected to be close to $2 million, money that key GOP lawmakers are willing to spend.
Speier.house.gov: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, (D- San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) reintroduced a resolution today to protect young people from the psychological abuse of so-called LGBT conversion practices. The Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) resolution urges states to end these harmful and discredited sexual orientation change efforts. When introduced last year the resolution was the first federal action taken to end this quackery and now has bipartisan support in states across the country.
AP: From one end of the country to the other, the overlapping developments on a single day underscored what a historic year 2013 has been for the U.S. gay-rights movement – “the gayest year in gay history,” according to Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign, the movement’s largest advocacy group.
Poliglot: Among those asked if they favor “allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed legally,” 40 percent “stongly favor” marriage equality. The poll found 41 percent of Virginians oppose marriage equality.
Washington Post: Now that the gay marriage fight is intensifying on the state level, how much will both sides spend on it over the next three years? Tens of millions of dollars. An array of groups has already mapped out plans to raise and spend millions between now and the end of 2016. Here is a look at some — but not all — of the key players . . .
PBS: Obama: States Should All Recognize Marriage
“Pleased by court rulings, backers of gay marriage now gird for fight to extend it nationwide” | Star Tribune (AP)
David Crary at Star Tribune (AP): Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, suggested that efforts to end that division would not be easy, given that many states have electorates that seem solidly opposed to gay marriage. “The fight is far from over,” Rauch wrote in a commentary. “By refusing to override those majorities, the court green-lighted the continuation, probably for a decade or more, of state-by-state battles over marriage.” . . . “The debate over marriage has only just begun,” said Austin Nimocks, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group.