Mr. Brain Trust
Robert George is chairman emeritus of the NOM board. George co-authored the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) in 2001, which would have written discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. And in 2004, he helped draft another discriminatory amendment to ban same-sex marriage, working with a group of right-wing Christian organizations. He also interpreted the language as forbidding civil unions or any relationship-recognition measure that extended the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples.
George was the spokesman for efforts to oust openly gay Obama appointee Kevin Jennings from the Department of Education. In a video for a blog called ExpelJennings.org, George links Jennings to a radical agenda that’s destroying innocence in America.
Robert George was honored at a Family Institute of Connecticut event when Brian Brown led that organization in 2002. Here they are:
George wrote a paper attacking Marc Racicot when he was reported to be on President Bush’s short list to be Attorney General because of his moderate views on homosexuality, particularly his support of hate crime legislation.
Robert George wrote the “Manhattan Declaration,” a 4,700-word document denouncing not just same-sex marriage, but civil unions or any relationship recognition measure.
He participated in weekly calls with Catholic leaders and the George W. Bush White House. Bush later awarded him a Presidential Citizens Medal.
The New York Times called Robert George the “reigning brain of the Christian Right” in 2009 and also noted that Fox News talker Glenn Beck is a “big George fan,” often introducing him as “one of the biggest brains in America.” His other “fans” include Karl Rove (who credits him with convincing President George W. Bush to resist stem cell research), Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Newt Gingrich.
George is a current or past board member of: Family Research Council, Institute for American Values, Institute on Religion & Democracy, Institute on Religion & Public Life, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
He founded the James Madison Program at Princeton University, an independently funded conservative think tank, which has received more than $300,000 from organizations affiliated with Opus Dei. Luis Tellez, a NOM board member and Opus Dei leader, sits on the program’s advisory council.
Robert George was honored by the Becket Fund with a distinguished medal of honor in 2010. In 2008, Becket founder Kevin “Seamus” Hasson compared those protesting the passage of Prop 8 in California to Al Qaeda.
According to The New York Times: “More than any other scholar, George has staked his reputation on the claim that same-sex marriage violates not only tradition but also human reason.”
Implying that sexual orientation is a choice, he believes that government is not obliged to show equal respect to everyone. “Governments are obliged to show equal respect to persons qua persons, not to all persons’ acts and choices.”
Robert George believes that marriage is anchored in “bodily sharing.” According to The New York Times, George believes that “marriage is a uniquely ‘comprehensive’ union, meaning that it is shared at several different levels at once.” George says “the really interesting evidence that it is comprehensive is that it is anchored in bodily sharing.” The New York Times also says George believes “marriage without sex is not marriage.”
George is critical of “fertile married couples…[who] use artificial contraception or … engage in ‘sodomitical acts.’”
From the Times: “George argues that reason alone shows that heterosexual sodomy and homosexual sex are morally wrong, just as the Catholic Church, classical philosophers and other religious traditions have historically taught."
In The Clash of Orthodoxies, Robert George writes: “According to secularist orthodoxy, same-sex marriages are no less truly marriages than those between partners of opposite sex who happen to be infertile.”
From the same book: “Even when the law maintains a sound doctrine of marriage, the institutional integrity of marriage could be gravely damaged by, for example, churches that…bless same-sex or polygamous unions or companies that treat employees’ non-marital sexual partners as spouses.”
“Homosexual acts” are “not ethically permitted,” according to George, and “merely create the ‘appearance’ of true sexual intimacy.”
Robert George has been advising American Catholic bishops for two decades and helped draft a letter advocating that communion be denied to pro-choice Catholics.
*More George comments, courtesy of GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project:
-- Decried the NY marriage vote by looking back to a time when being gay was “beneath the dignity of human beings as free and rational creatures.”
-- Argued that gay relationships have “no intelligible basis in them for the norms of monogamy, exclusivity, and the pledge of permanence.”
-- Suggested that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shouldn’t be considered a Catholic because by signing marriage equality into law, "he has made it clear that he simply does not believe what Catholicism teaches about sexual morality and marriage."
-- Said marriage equality is “about sex,” not about love, commitment, and responsibility. Admitted he believes gay relations to be immoral: "The idea that is antithetical to those who are seeking to redefine marriage is that there is something uniquely good and morally upright about the chaste sexual union of husband and wife—something that is absent in sodomitical acts and in other forms sexual behavior that have been traditionally—and in my view correctly—regarded as intrinsically non-marital and, as such, immoral."
-- Drafted the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto signed by Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical leaders that "promised resistance to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might implicate their churches or charities in abortion, embryo-destructive research or same-sex marriage.”
-- Says he and his allies will defy "man-made law" that conflicts with their view on "God's law"
-- Said anti-gay soliders are now suffering under their own version of Don't Ask Don't Tell
-- Diminished trans kids and their need for protection; contrasts trans girls with "real" girls and frames equal access/nondiscrimination laws as blow to responsibility and respectability
-- Sits on the Board of an organization that supports and funds anti-Islam extremists.