10 Things You Should Know About Focus On The Family

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1. Focus On The Family has raised over $515 Million over the past five years, making it one of the most well funded anti-LGBT organizations in America. They invest in public education campaigns against LGBT equality, while their related organization CitizenLink supports radical anti-LGBT candidates who work against basic civil rights and legal protections.

2012: Focus On The Family Had $90,577,142 In Revenue And $51,659,054 In Net Assets. [Focus On The Family, IRS Form 990, 2012]

2011: Focus On The Family Had $90,753,760 In Revenue And $52,946,610 In Net Assets. [Focus On The Family, IRS Form 990, 2011]

2010: Focus On The Family Had $95,209,896 In Revenue And $56,267,666 In Net Assets. [Focus On The Family, IRS Form 990, 2010]

2009: Focus On The Family Had $109,133,930 In Revenue And $63,178,868 In Net Assets. [Focus On The Family, IRS Form 990, 2009]

2008: Focus On The Family Had $130,258,480 In Revenue And $75,583,464 In Net Assets. [Focus On The Family, IRS Form 990, 2008]

Focus On The Family Donated Over $115,000 To Defeat Marriage Equality In Maine And $91,000 To Defeat Civil Unions In Washington State. According to the Associated Press, “Conservative Christian group Focus on the Family donated just over $115,000 to the fight against gay marriage in Maine. On Tuesday, voters in the state backed repealing a law allowing same-sex marriage that had passed the Legislature and signed by the governor. Focus on the Family also was involved in the fight in Washington State over a law expanding rights for gay couples through civil unions. The Colorado Springs-based group gave $91,000 to the campaign opposing that measure, which voters approved. Tom Minnery, senior vice president of Focus Action, the group's political arm, said it would have donated more were it not for Washington's campaign finance limits. In Maine, Focus' total donation was $115,266.” [Associated Press, 11/5/2009]

Focus On The Family’s Political Arm, CitizenLink, Donated Over $96,000 To Todd Akin’s 2012 Missouri Senate Bid. According to the Center For Responsive Politics, Focus On The Family’s CitizenLink donated $96,195 in 2014 to Todd Akin. [Center for Responsive Politics, Opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/30/2014]

Focus On The Family’s Political Arm, CitizenLink, Donated Over $72,000 To Richard Mourdock’s 2012 Indiana Senate Bid. According to the Center For Responsive Politics, Focus On The Family’s CitizenLink donated $72,471 in 2014 to Richard Mourdock. [Center for Responsive Politics, Opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/30/2014]

Akin Said “There’s A Whole Generation of Christians Growing Up Who Think They’re Saved” But Then Vote for Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Marriage Candidates. During a sermon at the First Assembly of God Church in St. Peters in August 2012, Akin said “There's a whole generation of Christians growing up that think their saved. They've given their sins to Jesus... Who you going to vote for? Oh, the guy who's pro-abortion. He believes in gay marriages. How does that square with church? What's that got to do with it? That's just what I do on Sunday's. Is that the way we're supposed to think? I don't think so right?” [Akin sermon at First Assembly of God Church, 7/29/12]

Akin Said No Civilization That Has Condoned Gay Marriage Widely Has Survived. While on the Rachel Maddow show, Akin said that “there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived.” [Rachel Maddow Show, 8/5/10]

Akin Expressed Concerns about Gay Marriage. “Any place where the traditional marriage of one man and one woman has been undermined, civilization has collapsed,” said Akin. “This is very dangerous ground.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/25/04]

Akin Said Obama “Is Using the Military as Props to Promote His Gay Agenda.” Reported the AP in May 2012, “’The president has repealed 'don't ask, don't tell' and is using the military as props to promote his gay agenda," said Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who is running for Senate.’ [AP, 5/9/12]

Richard Mourdock Said President Obama’s Support Of Same-Sex Marriage Was One More Reason “Added To The Pile” Obama Would Not Win Indiana. On an appearance on CNN, Mourdock said in response to Anderson Cooper asking for his reaction to President Obama coming out in favor of marriage equality, “well, I heard your analysis before and I think the comments made are exactly right. He can forget about winning Indiana for a lot of reasons. That will just be one more added to the pile.” [CNN, John King, USA, 5/9/2012]

Mourdock Is Opposed To Same-Sex Marriage. According to National Review, “Mourdock is a mainstream conservative: pro-life, opposed to gay marriage, and committed never to support a tax hike. As a trained geologist who worked in the energy industry, he speaks with authority on the need for more domestic production, as well as the dangers of global-warming alarmism.” [National Review, 8/15/2011]

2. Focus On The Family promotes the harmful and discredited practice of “conversion therapy,” claiming “just as there are many paths that may lead a person to experience same-sex attractions, there are likewise multiple ways out.” For years, they were behind Love Won Out, a national tour preaching that same-sex attraction is ‘preventable and treatable.’

Focus On The Family Sponsored ‘Love Won Out,’ An Annual Traveling Conference Advocating Reparative Therapy. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, “A traveling conference advocating the heterosexual lifestyle came to the suburbs of west St. Louis County on Saturday. As gay-rights groups staged a peaceful protest outside the First Evangelical Free Church, conventioneers spent the day inside, mostly listening to speakers who say they were previously gay. Parents of gay and lesbian children got advice and could speak to counselors about what to do, short of accepting their child's behavior… The Love Won Out event was sponsored by Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group that Fryrear works for in Colorado, and Exodus International, an umbrella group of ministries by formerly gay people. The conference is in its eighth year, but this is its first time in St. Louis. Organizers say the turnout of 1,700 was the largest of their 37 U.S. conferences. Organizers said people came from 28 states. Most in the audience were parents and family members of gay people, while about one-fourth were ministers… Conference speakers hawked books outside. A $50 boxed set called ‘Male Homosexuality Package,’ for example, included books called ‘Coming out of Homosexuality’ and ‘You Don't Have to Be Gay.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Ex-Gays Promote the Straight Life for Christians,” 2/26/06)

Focus On The Family Used Its Traveling “Love Won Out” Program To Spread Reparative Therapy. The Independent Weekly reported, “‘(Love Won Out) is disseminating incorrect information to so many people. Clearly, the goal of Focus on the Family's Love Won Out traveling conference is to deny gay people equal rights.’ said Gailya Paliga of the Raleigh chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW). ‘Their message is simple: Since gay people can ‘change,’ they do not deserve protection from discrimination.’” (Independent Weekly, 6/22/04) 

LGBT Activists Protested Focus On The Family’s “Love Won Out” Conference In Orlando In 2008. Orlando Sentinel reported, “Gay activists and clergy are planning a silent protest Saturday morning outside a conference of ex-gays who contend homosexuality can be cured by religious counseling. The conference, called ‘Love Won Out’ and sponsored by the conservative Colorado-based Christian organization Focus on the Family, has sparked controversy and outrage with several billboards in Orlando and other cities that host the traveling event. The billboards declare: ‘I Questioned Homosexuality and discovered love won out.’ The group's message is that change is possible.” (Orlando Sentinel, 1/06/08)

Focus On The Family Said “Homosexuality Is ‘Preventable And Treatable.’ The Gazette reported, “Focus on the Family is rolling out its latest response to an advertising campaign that claims gay people are ‘born different.’….The ministry argues that homosexuality is ‘preventable and treatable.’ Spokesman Gary Schneeberger said the No Moo Lies campaign is designed to highlight the political subtext of the Born Different ads, that gay people should be granted the right to legally marry.” (Colorado Springs Gazette, “Dogfight Over Gays Heads to Streets,” 8/15/06)

Focus On The Family’s Love Won Out Conference Was Broadcast To Millions On GOD TV. Between the Lines reported, “Truth Wins Out recently expressed its dismay over a deal between GOD TV and Focus on the Family to air the group's ‘ex-gay’ Love Won Out conference. Focus on the Family claims they will now reach millions of people with their anti-gay propaganda and distorted science. The agreement comes at a time when GOD TV is airing a solid month of spooky End-Times programming… ‘Love Won Out offers hope for those struggling with same- sex attractions,’ said Nima Reza, host of Focus on the Family's 'news' program Turn Signal, in a press release. ‘That message will go out to millions on GOD TV.’” (Between the Lines, “GOD TV to Broadcast Focus on the Family’s ‘Ex-Gay’ Conference to Millions,” 1/22/09)

Love Won Out Was Attended By Over 50,000 People And Had Over 52 Conferences Around The Country. According to the Denver Post, “For a decade, Focus on the Family has delved into what it believes is the biblical truth about sexual behavior through its "Love Won Out" conferences. Focus says the conferences started a national conversation on the origins of homosexuality and have nurtured thousands of troubled families and helped hundreds of former gays and lesbians ‘escape the lifestyle.’…. Although the program does not track the number of people who have made the decision to become ex-gays, Focus says more than 50,000 gay people and family members have attended 52 conferences around the country in the past decade. ‘This is a struggle that can be overcome. A number of us have overcome,’ said Melissa Fryrear, a self-identified ex-gay and director of Focus' Gender Issues Department. ‘God can radically change your life, whatever the issue is,’ said Fryrear, 42. ‘We're ministering to Christian families. They are devastated when a loved one is living homosexually. They can't condone what falls outside biblical truth.’ But opponents say the conferences also cause harm…."I've talked to more than 1,000 ex- gay survivors whose lives have been devastated — their close relationships destroyed,’ Toscano said. "Because of one of these conferences, my mother died feeling she had failed me.’” [Denver Post, 10/23/2008]

Love Won Out Was Transitioned Over To Exodus International With Continued Financial Support From Focus On The Family. According to a press release from Focus On The Family, “Focus on the Family's Love Won Out conference on homosexuality will be transitioning to Exodus International starting November, the longtime allies announced today. …. Focus on the Family launched Love Won Out in 1998 to educate and equip Christians on how to respond to the issue of homosexuality in a biblical way, and has traveled to more than 50 cities worldwide with its message of truth and grace. The conference has always featured Exodus speakers and highlighted Exodus member ministries. ‘There is no one better equipped to take over the operation of Love Won Out than Alan and his team,’ said Focus on the Family's Melissa Fryrear, a Love Won Out speaker and host for more than six years. ‘They have been with us since the beginning. They have stood alongside us in sharing the hope that, with Christ, transformation is possible for those unhappy with same-sex attractions. And we will stand alongside them as they continue to share that message as the organizer of Love Won Out.’….. Focus on the Family will continue to support the Love Won Out conference financially, and by providing speakers and marketing support. ‘Focus remains very committed to sharing biblical view of homosexuality,’ said Fryrear. ‘After all, we're still in the truth and grace business.’” [Focus On The Family, Press Release, 8/11/2009]

Focus On The Family Said “Just As There Are Many Paths That May Lead A Person To Experience Same-Sex Attractions, There Are Likewise Multiple Ways Out” In Position Paper Defending Reparative Therapy. According to their website, “Homosexual behavior violates God's intentional design for gender and sexuality. While we do not believe an individual typically ‘chooses’ his or her same sex-attractions, we do believe that those who struggle with unwanted same-sex sexual temptation can choose to steward their impulses in a way that aligns with their faith convictions. We affirm the Scriptural teaching that homosexuals can and do change their sexual identity (1 Cor. 6:9-11). We support counseling and the availability of professional therapy options for unwanted homosexual attractions and behavior. We do not endorse or promote any one particular religious, psychiatric or psychological approach as the ‘one and only’ way to go about changing same-sex attractions and behaviors. Just as there are many paths that may lead a person to experience same-sex attractions, there are likewise multiple ways out. Thus, individuals and their helping professionals are called to discern and pursue the most appropriate approach that best enables them to steward their sexuality in alignment with their chosen values.” [Focus On The Family, Our Position (The Right to Counseling), Accessed 10/28/2014]

3. In fact, even after the leading national organization promoting “conversion therapy” – Exodus International – shuttered their doors and apologized for the harm they had caused, Focus On The Family continues to endorse junk science rejected by every major medical and mental health organization to this day, blaming molestation, divorce, and straight up “rebellion against societal norms” for people’s sexual orientation.

Focus On The Family Said “Just As There Are Many Paths That May Lead A Person To Experience Same-Sex Attractions, There Are Likewise Multiple Ways Out” In Position Paper Defending Reparative Therapy. According to their website, “Focus on the Family is dedicated to defending the honor, dignity and value of the two sexes as created in God's image – intentionally male and female – each bringing unique and complementary qualities to sexuality and relationships. Sexuality is a glorious gift from God – meant to be offered back to Him either in marriage for procreation, union and mutual delight or in celibacy for undivided devotion to Christ. Homosexual behavior violates God's intentional design for gender and sexuality. While we do not believe an individual typically ‘chooses’ his or her same sex-attractions, we do believe that those who struggle with unwanted same-sex sexual temptation can choose to steward their impulses in a way that aligns with their faith convictions. We affirm the Scriptural teaching that homosexuals can and do change their sexual identity (1 Cor. 6:9-11). We support counseling and the availability of professional therapy options for unwanted homosexual attractions and behavior. We do not endorse or promote any one particular religious, psychiatric or psychological approach as the ‘one and only’ way to go about changing same-sex attractions and behaviors. Just as there are many paths that may lead a person to experience same-sex attractions, there are likewise multiple ways out. Thus, individuals and their helping professionals are called to discern and pursue the most appropriate approach that best enables them to steward their sexuality in alignment with their chosen values.” [Focus On The Family, Our Position (The Right to Counseling), Accessed 10/28/2014]

Focus On The Family Endorsed The Restored Hope Network After Exodus International Ended Reparative Therapy Practices. According to Think Progress, “Focus on the Family has endorsed the Restored Hope Network, an ex-gay splinter group that broke off after Exodus International announced it would no longer try to ‘cure’ homosexuality. Restored Hope describes homosexuality as a ‘perversion of God’s will for sexual holiness’ and tries to ‘transform’ gays and lesbians from being “broken sexual sinners.’” [Think Progress, 9/24/2012]

Focus On The Family Endorsed The Restored Hope Network, Saying “We’re Grateful That There Are More And More Resources Available For Those Seeking Sexual And Relational Wholeness.” Focus On the Family’s Jeff Johnston wrote on CitizenLink, “A new network has formed to help connect people struggling with sexual and relational brokenness with individuals and ministries who can provide help and healing. The Restored Hope Network announced its formation and first conference recently. Restored Hope members specialize in helping men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions, but many of them also provide support for those recovering from sexual abuse or sexual addiction, along with information and help for their family and friends….. I could go on, of course, but the good news is that Jesus came to call us to repent, to tell us the truth, to seek and save the lost and to bring healing and restoration through his death, burial and resurrection. Sometimes he heals and restores people directly and immediately. More often, the church is to be the vehicle: providing counseling, offering hope, training in spiritual disciplines, teaching the truth, and walking alongside hurting people. Because of individuals with different background and decisions, some people need greater help in this area than others – that’s what these ministries offer. We’re grateful that there are more and more resources available for those seeking sexual and relational wholeness. [CitizenLink, 9/21/2012]

Focus On The Family’s Jim Daly Responded To Closing Of Exodus International To Assure Supporters That Focus Still Thinks You Can Change Same-Sex Atraction And That “It Can Be Done.” Focus On The Family’s Jim Daly said on the closing of Exodus International, “Exodus’ closing is being hailed by some as a victory and indication that Christians are abandoning long-held convictions that living with God’s design for sexuality is possible through the power of Jesus Christ – that change is possible. The reality is that while Exodus will no longer exist, there are numerous Christian ministries that continue to provide excellent help to those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction, including the Restored Hope Network, Desert Stream Ministries, and Katharos Integrity Alliance. We understand God’s original intent was for marriage to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman, with children as a natural result.  But we also realize that all of us sin in many ways…. God’s help usually doesn’t come as a ‘fast fix.’ It’s often a long process. Many times it takes counseling, Bible study, prayer and community support – but it can be done. Here at Focus we’ve seen marriages reconciled. We’ve seen people who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction change. We’ve seen people experience real transformation in their thoughts, behaviors, attractions and identity. We’ve seen people find true happiness in stewarding their sexuality according to God’s plan, even when that means sacrifice.” [Focus On The Family, DalyFocus, On The Closure Of Exodus International, Accessed 10/31/2014]

Focus On The Family’s Johnston Said Molestation, Divorce, Dads Who Treated Their Daughters Like Sons, And Rebellion Against Societal Norms As Causes Of Being LGBT. Focus On The Family’s Jeff Johnston said “There is evidence for a variety of roads into homosexuality, just as God has a number of ways of bringing people out of homosexuality. There are some factors that seem to be more significant in people struggling with same-sex attractions. One of the things we know about homosexuality is that guys who struggle have been molested three times more often than men in the general male population. You could see how that could be a factor in leading to homosexuality, because it would cause a boy to question his masculinity, to be unsure about his sexual identity, questioning, “Am I am man? Am I gay? What does this say about me that this happened to me?” So it raises all sorts of questions in a little boy’s mind. Parents’ divorce can be factor, and the personality of the child, too. If you have a shy, introverted, quiet boy who doesn’t necessarily fit into a rough-and-tumble world, he can have a harder time embracing his masculinity. If there are problems in the parental relationship, that can affect a kid. A girl who rejects her femininity could grow up longing for what she already has inside her. I know several women whose dads treated them like little boys — they wanted a boy and they treated them like boys, so these girls became very masculine. But they’re still longing for that femininity. Some women reject femininity because they see women being weak or passive or abused; some women, and men too, have turned to homosexuality for political reasons or out of rebellion against societal norms.” [Think Progress, 9/17/2012]

4. Focus On The Family opposes allowing same-sex couples to adopt, saying the children of gay and lesbian parents are “human guinea pigs” in the “same-sex family experiment.”

Focus On The Family Said That “Efforts To Advance Rights And Protections For Homosexuals…Threatens The Adoption Arena And Children’s Best Interests.” On their website, Focus On The Family said, “While adoption is meant to provide children with a mother and a father when the original family is broken, unfortunately, the adoption process is now used as an avenue to advance homosexual rights. Efforts to advance rights and protections for homosexuals often place a higher priority on an individual desire to parent, rather than a child's need for a mother and a father. Today, it is not enough to promote the practice of adoption; we must also defend adoption against initiatives that would distort its purpose. As evidenced by the fight for adoption rights by same-sex couples, the current movement to protect and promote homosexual rights threatens the adoption arena and children's best interests.” [Focus On The Family, Cause For Concern (Adoption), Accessed 10/29/2014]

Focus On The Family Said That Anti-Discrimination Laws “Stifle The Freedom” Of Adoption Agencies To Not Place Children In Same-Sex Households. On their website, Focus on the Family said, “Though they might push for it, homosexual couples—and all couples for that matter—possess no right to adopt. Rather, children have a right to grow up with the love that only a mother and a father can jointly provide. Adoption placements should acknowledge that placing a child in a family structure with a married mother and father is in the child's best interest. Unfortunately, current anti-discrimination policies and judicial decisions often negate the best interest of children in the name of tolerance and equality. One conflict has already risen to the surface. The movement to promote individuals with same-sex attraction as a legally protected class threatens the work of adoption agencies that hold moral convictions against same-sex adoption. Certain anti-discrimination laws in the U.S. ultimately mandate that adoption agencies allow same-sex couples to adopt children. These acts stifle the freedom of independent adoption agencies to decide that concern for a child's best interests requires them to make placements in married mother and father homes rather than with gay or lesbian-identified couples, or cohabiting heterosexual couples. Ultimately, sexual orientation laws that were meant to prevent discrimination actually violate the freedom of adoption agencies that hold religious or moral convictions against certain adoption placements, and deprive a child of either a father or mother.” [Focus On The Family, Cause For Concern (Adoption), Accessed 10/29/2014]

Focus On The Family’s Stanton Said That Girls Raised By Lesbian Mothers Are More Likely To Consider A Same-Sex Encounter, And “It Has A Lot To Do With Being Fatherless.” According to Think Progress, “In a post at CitizenLink this week, FOTF’s director of family formation studies, Glenn T. Stanton, tries to make the case that children of same-sex couples are ‘not problem-free’ because girls are more likely to consider a same-sex encounter: ‘According to a study published late last year in the Archive of Sexual Behavior, girls raised by lesbian mothers are seven times more likely to consider a same-sex encounter, and twice as likely to identify as lesbian or bisexual than those raised by heterosexual parents. They are also seven times more likely to use the ‘morning after’ pill. We already know that girls who grow up without fathers are more likely to be sexually adventurous, and it has a lot to do with being fatherless,’ Stanton explained. ‘Two lesbians can be the most loving moms in the world, but they can’t give a girl the kind of positive attention and other-gendered affirmation she needs from a dad.’” [Think Progress, 3/9/2012]

Asked If A Home With A Loving, Stable Gay Couple Could Be Better For Foster Children Than No Home At All, Focus On The Family’s Jim Daly Said The Best Setting Was With A Mother And Father. The New York Times reported, “Toward the end of Mr. Daly’s talk, a student named Lauren Burgess rose with a question. She preceded it by explaining that she is the child of gay parents, a man and a woman who both came out during her childhood. Wouldn’t a home with a loving, stable gay couple, she asked, be better for a foster child than no home at all? In that moment, Mr. Daly almost palpably struggled for what to say. He complimented Ms. Burgess on how well she had done in her life. He said that research showed the best setting for a child was with a married mother and father. And he left Ms. Burgess miffed and unconvinced. Focus’s charm offensive, at least for the time being, had reached its limit.” [New York Times, 3/9/2013]

Focus On The Family’s Stanton Called Children Of Same-Sex Couples “Human Guinea Pigs.” In a report on Citizen Link entitled ‘Are Same=Sex Families Good For Children,’ Glenn Stanton said, “So, we must ask, “Is it wise to enter the same-sex family experiment with a generation of children so we can learn how it will turn out?” Is it ethical to turn thousands of children into human guinea pigs? The answer must be a resounding “no.” This is especially true when we already have strong indicators that children who don’t livewith both biological parents fare worse than those who do. Thanks to the sexual revolution in the 60s and70s, with its baggage of no-fault divorce and unwed childrearing, we have had ample opportunity to witness and record the results of fatherless and motherless childrearing.” [GLAAD, Accessed 11/3/2014, CitizenLink, Are Same-Sex Families Good For Children?, Accessed 11/3/2014]

5. Focus On The Family believes that they know better than psychiatrists – actual doctors – when it comes to treating transgender people.  They called trans people “mentally ill” suffering from a “devastating condition.” They also believe that living according to their affirmed gender identity ignores reality “like Cinderella in a fantasy world.”

Focus On The Family Said “Revisionist Transgender Theology” “Violates God’s Clearly Articulated And Intentional Design For The Sexes.” According to the Focus on the Family website, “Focus on the Family is dedicated to defending the inherent honor, dignity, value and equality of the two sexes as created in God's image – intentionally male and female – each bringing unique and complementary qualities to sexuality and relationships. Each of the two sexes is a glorious gift from God – meant to be offered back to Him either in complementary unity with the other in the context of marriage for procreation and mutual delight or in celibacy for undivided devotion to Christ…..Throughout both Testaments, God and His people are portrayed as husband and wife or as a bride and groom. The creation account found in Genesis lays out this gender-based, matrimonial picture and sets the stage for the final, eternal union of God and His people – of Christ and His bride – described in Revelation. Gender matters. In recent years, a revisionist transgender theology has been put forth in some theological circles that violates God's clearly articulated and intentional design for the sexes – thereby distorting His image and His plan for sexuality, marriage, family and the just and proper ordering of society.” [Focus On The Family, Our Position (Transgenderism), Accessed 10/28/2014]

Focus On The Family Said “The Modern Transgender Movement Is Systemically Working To Dismantle The Concept Of Gender As The Bible And The World Have Always Known It To Be.” According to their website, Focus on the Family believes “We affirm God's design for the two sexes – male and female – and sexuality as between one man and one woman. We disagree with revisionist gay and transgender theologies as contradictory to foundational Christian doctrine and the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic. We oppose the ordination of ‘transgender’ and ‘transsexual’ individuals and the celebration of ‘transgenderism’ as one of God's gifts. Because ‘transgenderism’ violates God's intentional design for sex and sexuality, we believe that this is a cultural and theological battle that we must engage and win. The modern ‘transgender’ movement is systematically working to dismantle the concept of gender as the Bible and the world have always known it to be. If the transgender lobby succeeds, there will be striking consequences for marriage, family and society at large.” [Focus On The Family, Our Position (Transgenderism), Accessed 10/28/2014]

Focus On The Family Said Hormone Therapy And Gender Reassignment Surgery “Create A Façade Of Legitimacy For What Is Otherwise A Recognizable And Treatable Mental Illness.” According to their website, Focus on the Family said “Sexual "Reassignment" Surgery and various hormonal therapies represent the physical alteration/mutilation of the body to match a perceived – and self-defined – social role. ‘Transgenderism’ attempts to create a façade of legitimacy for what is otherwise a recognizable and treatable mental illness. The American Psychiatric Association refers to this condition as Gender Identity Disorder (GID) – a mental condition, not a physical condition. Dr. Paul McHugh, former Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins University, referred to psychiatrists who recommend medical treatment for this condition as ‘fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness.’ Psychiatrists should not be allowing mentally ill patients to suffer through such a devastating condition solely for the sake of political correctness.” [Focus On The Family, Talking Points (Transgenderism), Accessed 10/28/2014]

Focus On The Family Said Trans People Were “Gender-Confused” And Urged LGBT Individuals To Seek Their “True Identity,” “Embracing Their Biological Reality As Male Or Female.” CitizenLink wrote, “We are deeply concerned about the hearts and souls of those who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or ‘transgendered.’ We want those men and women to know that God loves them with an everlasting love. Through salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit, He can empower them to live according to His design and standards for sexuality. He offers the grace to accept their true identity – not as gay, lesbian, or gender-confused – but as His sons and daughters, embracing their biological reality as male or female. We are also concerned about homosexuality’s impact on families, the church and our culture. There has been a growing and very successful effort to gain not just acceptance but approval for homosexuality and ‘transgenderism’ in many areas, including the church, the media, business and education. Society and families always do best when individuals follow God’s created intent for humanity.” [CitizenLink, Homosexuality and Gender Issues, Accessed 10/30/2014]

Focus On The Family’s Johnston Said Of Bill Protecting Rights Of Transgender Students Denied “Physical Reality” Like “Cinderella In A Fantasy World.” Discussing California’s AB 1266 that allowed students to use school facilities consistent with their gender identity, Focus On the Family analyst Jeff Johnston said, “So a boy, who wants to be a girl or who believes he is a girl, will be able to compete on a girl’s athletic team and use the girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms.  It doesn’t matter what the girls on the team think about changing in the locker room with a biological male. The reality is that humans are born male or female. At birth we don’t ‘assign’ sex to a child arbitrarily, as the analysis of this bill implies. We recognize the child’s sex – it is a physical reality. But in the world of this bill, that reality doesn’t matter. Like Cinderella in a fantasy world, a person may choose or change his sex, saying, ‘I can be whatever I want to be.’” [Citizen Link, 6/13/2013]

6. Focus On The Family claims the reason more LGBT young people are unhappy is because the Human Rights Campaign “encouraged them to self-identify as gay or transgender.”

Focus On The Family’s Johnston Said LGBT Teens Are More Unhappy Because HRC “Encouraged Them To Self-Identify As Gay Or Transgender.” According to As Good As You, Jeff Johnston said in response to a recently released report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), called Growing Up LGBT in America that said LGBT teens are less likely to report being happy, and are more likely to face verbal and physical abuse behaviors and be homeless that “there’s lots of kids who are confused about their sexuality and their identity, and for years, groups like HRC and other activist groups have encouraged them to self-identify as gay or transgender. That’s just not good or healthy for these kids.” Johnston said, “They’re confused about their sexuality and identity and Jesus came to seek and save the lost, including kids like these.” [Good As You, 6/11/2012]

Focus On The Family Said Of The Idea Of “Being Gay,” “We Don’t Want To Define People By Their Attractions Or Struggle.” According to Focus On The Family, “First, let’s look at the idea of ‘being gay.’ Over time, the definition of homosexuality has shifted from being a behavior to a condition to an identity. In the Bible, for example, the focus is on the behavior. Scripture says don’t engage in this activity. As Christians, we don’t want to define people by their attractions or struggle. We should look beyond homosexuality to see a person as a sacred human being created in the image of God. ‘Being straight’ or ‘being gay’ may be the way the culture likes to label people; however, it’s not how God determines our identity or worth.” [Focus On The Family, Countering The Cultural Confusion: Your Questions Answered About Homosexuality, Accessed 10/31/2014]

7.Focus On The Family accused anti-bullying programs in schools of “promoting homosexuality” and creating “a system ripe for reverse discrimination.” They even created a whole website to help parents fight against programs teaching tolerance towards LGBT students.

Focus On The Family Said It Is “Deeply Concerned About Elements Of The Radical Homosexual Agenda” Including Nondiscrimination Policies, Diversity Trainings, And Same-Sex Marriage. According to the Focus On The Family web site, “For the record, let it be said that Focus on the Family is deeply concerned about elements of the radical homosexual agenda which activists seek to impose on our society. Those elements include: (1) early educational programs promoting homosexuality in our public schools, often against the will of parents; (2) laws redefining marriage; (3) legislation requiring churches, religious for-profit organizations and businesses to hire homosexuals; (4) laws which allow adoption of children by homosexuals; and (5) the redefinition of the family. If we care about our families, our children, and the moral state of our society, we should speak out against these proposals.” [Focus On The Family, 5/18/2014]

Focus On The Family Created TrueTolerance.Org To Combat “Gay Activism” In Schools. According to the Focus On The Family web site, “Focus on the Family maintains a Web site, True.Tolerance.org, designed specifically for parents who need help responding to gay activism in their child's school. One of the first things you'll want to do is equip and educate yourself by visiting this site. Among other useful features, it offers talking points you can use to express your faith-based viewpoint. It also lists do's and don'ts for approaching school officials. It contains lots of other practical advice. It even provides prepared memoranda from legal experts on the importance of respecting religious freedoms and parental rights. You can e-mail the legal information and other professionally packaged data directly to your educators from the Take Action center on the Web site.” [Focus On The Family, 5/18/2014]

Focus On The Family Accused LGBT Groups Of Promoting “Homosexuality To Kids” Through Anti-Bullying And Tolerance Programs. According to ABC News, “Focus on the Family has accused gay-rights groups of using tolerance and anti-bullying programs to introduce curricula and books into schools that promote political aims such as same-sex marriage. The same groups, it says, lobby for gays and other minority groups to be specifically mentioned in anti-bullying legislation and try to depict Christians opposed to such treatment as bigots. ‘What parents need to be aware of is there are activist groups who want to promote homosexuality to kids because they realize if they can capture hearts and minds of our children at the earliest ages they will have for all practical purposes won the clash of values that we are currently experiencing,’ Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family, said on recently launched website TrueTolerance.org. ‘They've started introducing homosexuality lessons, sometimes even sexually graphic information under the cover of tolerance or so-called safe school initiatives or even anti-bullying programs,’ she said. Gay rights organizations say they have sought anti-bullying legislation and worked to craft school-based programs and curricula to protect students, especially gay students who are disproportionately singled out for bullying.” [ABC News, 9/1/2010]

Focus On The Family’s Candi Cushman Said Anti-Bullying Programs Create “A System Ripe For Reverse Discrimination.” According to Talking Points Memo, “Focus on the Family has a message for gay rights activists: stay off the playground. Candi Cushman, an education analyst for the James Dobson-founded group, told The Denver Post this weekend that gay rights advocates have inserted their agenda into anti-bullying efforts, at the expense of Christian values. ‘We feel more and more that activists are being deceptive in using anti-bullying rhetoric to introduce their viewpoints, while the viewpoint of Christian students and parents are increasingly belittled,’ Cushman told the Post. In an email to TPM, Cushman expanded her argument. ‘Listing certain categories creates a system ripe for reverse discrimination, sending the message that certain characteristics are more worthy of protection than others,’ she said…..‘In many cases, these politicized bullying policies are being used as tools to undermine parental rights,’ she said, ‘and censor or marginalize students and parents with differing viewpoints.’ Cushman cited a ‘back to school guide’ published by GLSEN and books titled Two Moms, the Zark and Me and The Full Spectrum as examples of GLSEN's tactics in action. ‘I could give you many more examples of how this reverse discrimination is playing out in books, curriculum and schoolwide initiatives, all promoted in the name of 'tolerance' and 'anti-bullying,'’ Cushman said.” [Talking Points Memo, 8/31/2010]

Focus On The Family Said Same-Sex Marriage Will Cause Parents To Lose Their Rights To “Opt-Out” Of Ciriculum That Conflict With Their Family’s Beliefs And Values. According to their website, Focus On The Family claimed, “Redefining marriage will interfere with parents' rights to teach their children that women and men are different, and that both are necessary for marriage and for children.  Based on recent events, state law and public school education will undermine these ideas as old-fashioned and narrow-minded. Redefining marriage in law means that religious freedoms are threatened because the state must promote and uphold the new definition of marriage. Just like Robb and Robin Wirthlin (see ‘Same-sex Fairy Tales: Coming to a School Near You’), parents will lose the right to disagree with the school, or to even ‘opt-out’ their children from classes when the curriculum includes sexual, marriage and family themes that conflict with their family's beliefs and values.” [Focus On The Family, Religious Liberties, Accessed 10/29/2014]

8. Focus On the Family declared that anti- workplace discrimination legislation “must be stopped” because if it passed, employers might just face consequences for firing LGBT people for no other reason than their “moral convictions.”

Focus On the Family Warned That Addition Of Gender Identity To Hate Crimes And Employment Non-Discrimination Laws Would Marginalize Christians. According to their website, Focus on the Family said, “So today, at every level of government, we are seeing the "GLBT" community press hard to add the ‘transgender’ category to existing laws. While the initial goal of gay activists was to add ‘sexual orientation’ to laws and to normalize homosexuality and bisexuality across every arena of society, the goal now is to add ‘gender identity or expression’ to laws and to normalize ‘transgenderism.’ Presently this is happening with the various forms of hate crimes and employment nondiscrimination laws at both the state and federal levels. Of particular concern when it comes to the creation of protected class status for "sexual minorities" through hate crimes and employment nondiscrimination laws is the sobering reality that in increasingly secular societies, when ‘gay rights’ collides with religious liberties, religious freedom nearly always loses. Recent events in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Sweden clearly demonstrate that the cultural battles over the normalization of homosexuality are a zero-sum game: Gains afforded to one group will necessarily come at the expense of another. Specifically, those who hold to a biblically orthodox view on homosexual or transgender behavior will increasingly find their voices marginalized and then eventually banned from the public arena.” [Focus On the Family, Transgenderism, Cause For Concern, Accessed 10/28/2014]

Focus On The Family Sent A Letter To Congress To Oppose The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Because It Would “Keep Religious Employers From Being Able To Hire And Fire Based On Their Moral Convictions.” According to the Humanist, “The leadership of Focus on the Family recently sent a letter to Congress asking representatives to vote against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This long-sought legislation would end many forms of employment discrimination against gays and lesbians. According to Focus, this bill would somehow turn conservative Christians into victims of discrimination. The Focus letter contains examples of ‘Christian’ business that would allegedly be adversely affected by it. ‘Gay rights activists have wanted this bill for a long time,’ said Ashley Home, federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family Action, ‘to keep religious employers from being able to hire and fire based on their moral convictions.’ In twenty-nine states it's legal to fire a person for no other reason than his or her sexual preference. Many people view that as rank discrimination, akin to firing someone on the basis of his or her ethnic background or national origin. EDNA would go a long way toward stopping this type of discrimination aimed at gays and lesbians. Just as workers can no longer be fired simply for being black or Jewish, under EDNA they couldn't he dismissed solely on the basis of sexual orientation. At the very least, EDNA would give gays and lesbians a legal avenue to challenge such dismissals. Yet according to Focus, this bill--designed to expand rights--is instead one that restricts them. It supposedly takes away the rights of "religious employers" to hire and fire on ‘moral’ grounds.” [The Humanist, 11/1/2009]

Focus On The Family Action Said ENDA “Must Be Stopped” Lest For-Profit Businesses Be Liable “If They Hire Or Fire Based On Their Religious Beliefs Or Moral Convictions About Homosexual Behavior.” According to an article on Christian Post, “Though supporters of the [ENDA] bill contend it is simply protecting the rights of a minority group of Americans from discrimination in the work place, its opponents argue that it is in fact religious employers who disagree with the homosexual lifestyle that are being discriminated against.  ‘It’s just a very dangerous situation when we start passing laws based on people’s behaviors,’ said Len Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, to Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink…. ‘This bill will put para-church organizations and people of faith who own secular, for-profit businesses in jeopardy of liability if they hire or fire based on their religious beliefs or moral convictions about homosexual behavior,’ said Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family Action on Friday. ‘This is yet another attack on religious liberty in a long string and must be stopped.’” [Christian Post, 8/21/2009]

Focus On The Family Launched Ran Radio Ads Against Colorado’s Nondiscrimination Bill. Denver Post reported, “No bill this year has seen the kind of heated pre-signing attacks leveled at SB 200. Focus on the Family launched radio ads and a media campaign urging Ritter to veto the bill. Opponents say the bill will have serious consequences, such as opening up public restrooms and locker rooms to all genders and transgender people, exposing children and women to harm. ‘Henceforth, every woman and little girl will have to fear that a predator, bisexual, cross-dresser or even a homosexual or heterosexual male might walk in and relieve himself in their presence,’ Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said Thursday in a statement on the signing.” (Denver Post, 5/30/08)

Focus On The Family Launched An Ad Campaign Against Governor Bill Ritter And State Legislators Who Supported A Nondiscrimination Bill. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported, “Long ago, the Silly Season - that pre-election time when stunts instead of substance are used to manipulate voters - didn't start until after Labor Day. But Focus on the Family apparently has decided to move up the season to July 4. In the past two weeks, the Colorado Springs-based Christian organization has launched an ad campaign to blast away at Gov. Bill Ritter and other lawmakers who supported Senate Bill 200, an anti-discrimination bill. Among the targets in the ad are local state representatives John Kefalas and Randy Fischer and Sen. Bob Bacon, all Democrats. The bill, signed into law May 29 by Ritter, is intended to prevent discrimination based on gender, race, religion and sexual orientation regarding housing, employment and public accommodations. Focus on the Family, though, has decided to take a broad - very broad - interpretation that the law will allow public restrooms to be used by either gender regardless of signage. Its ad campaign, which ended Friday, implies that women and children will be at risk of predators because of the law.” (Fort Collins Coloradoan, “Group’s Broad Interpretation of Law Irrational,” 7/14/08)

Focus On The Family Used An Automated Phone System To Urge Alaskans To Call Their State Senators To Support An Amendment Nullifying Same-Sex-Partner Employment Benefits. Anchorage Daily News reported, “A national conservative Christian advocacy group has jumped into Alaska's political battle over gay-partner employment benefits. Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., began calling people Monday. With an automated phone system, it asks whether people support or oppose a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would nullify a court decision that ordered the state to pay such benefits. If they say they oppose the amendment, the call is ended. Those who say they support it are directed to call six state senators, including the Senate majority leader, that the group has identified as potentially obstructing the measure, said Peter Brandt, Focus on the Family's director of government and public policy.  The group says its mission is to preserve what it considers to be traditional values and the institution of the family. It intends to contact thousands of Alaskans through the end of this week as part of its national effort to lobby against recognizing same-sex couples as spouses, Brandt said.” (Anchorage Daily News, “Outside Group Rallies Same-Sex Benefit Opposition,” 3/7/06) 

9. Focus On The Family wants business owners to have the right to turn away LGBT customers just because they believe their religion requires them to oppose their very existence.

Focus On The Family’s Tim Goeglein Said “The Political Agenda Of Organized Homosexuals In America Is One Of The Great Threats To Our Religious Liberty.” According to Opposing Views, “Focus on the Family vice president Tim Goeglein (a former aide to President George W. Bush) was recently part of a webinar produced by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in St. Louis, Mo. During the teleconference, Goeglein warned his audience…. ‘One of the things that perhaps Christians and Jews and others have not fully internalized is that the political agenda of organized homosexuals in America is one of the great threats to our religious liberty,’ stated Goeglein. ‘There's sort of a new era of intolerance against those of us who are men and women of faith,’ added Goeglein. Goeglein then lamented how Christian florists, bakers and photographers were not able to discriminate against gay customers and how that was severely limiting the faith of Christians.” [Opposing views, 3/21/2014, Right Wing Watch, 3/18/2014]

Jim Daly Said “The Religious Liberty Issue” Of Requiring A Doctor To Provide In Vitro Fertilization To Lesbian Couple Or Court Officer To Perform Civil Marriage Ceremony Despite Religious Objections Was “The Greater Danger For The Culture” Than Gay Marriage. In an interview on NPR, Daly said, “The bigger issue, Rachel, that I'm concerned about is the religious liberty issue attached to all of this. And I think that's the greater danger for the culture. MARTIN: What do you mean? DALY: And what I mean by that is the - Chai Feldblum, who is a good person. She's a self-proclaimed advocate of same-sex marriage rights. She taught at Georgetown University. I think she's now heading up EEOC, the equal employment opportunity group.[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: Chai Feldblum is an EEOC commissioner, not the chairwoman.] And I had a chance to talk with her about it. I said, Chai, tell me what a perfect world for you would look like. And she said: Well, if I wanted to get married to my partner and a Christian person was working at the county courthouse, if they refused to do it - even politely and had somebody else come over to do it - she shouldn't work or he shouldn't work in the county courthouse. What about a doctor that wouldn't do in vitro fertilization for a lesbian couple? Well, they should never be licensed by the state because they would be violating my rights. So I think the underlying issue here for all of us to consider is that this is going to be deeper than just two people who love each other getting married or having civil union. There's a whole host of religious freedom issues underneath this, that in essence we won't tolerate religious expression any longer; certainly not over sexual preference. And that's a big issue and that's not being talked about in the culture.” [NPR, 3/24/2013]

Focus On The Family’s Bruce Hausknecht Said Kansas and Arizona Bills Allowing Businesses To Refuse Service To LGBT People Due To Religious Objection Were “Unfairly” Called Denial Of Service Bills And That Christians “Need To Band Together To Protect Religious Freedom For All.” Bruce Hausknecht said in CitizenLink, “The latest points of conflict center on two recent legislative bills: one in Kansas to protect the religious rights of citizens in that state should same-sex marriage be forced onto them against their will; and a bill in Arizona passed to make a few technical amendments to an existing state law that already protects the conscience rights of its citizens. In both cases, the press and homosexual activists have been unfairly framing these bills as “Jim Crow laws” or “deny service to gays” laws. Such agenda-driven reporting has dominated the news cycle over the past week, even causing Christians who really aren’t familiar with these laws to ask whether they are “mean-spirited.” The truth is quite the opposite. These laws that protect our freedom of religion and conscience go back to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights…. Arizona’s RFRA has been around since 1999, but listening to the somewhat hysterical news reports surrounding the latest proposed amendments, you’d think that this bill was a new and vicious attack against same-sex couples It’s a shame that the press is so predictably misleading on stories like this, but as Christians, we have a responsibility to understand the real issues, and push back where necessary. Whether or not the Arizona bill gets signed into law, understand this: These laws are a shield to protect everyone’s religious freedom, not a sword to harm gays and lesbians or anyone else. Christians are merely the target of choice at the moment, but tomorrow it will be another religious group. People of all faiths (and no faith) need to band together to protect the religious freedom of all.” [CitizenLink, 2/24/2014]

·      Hausknecht Said Brewer’s Veto Of Legislation Was Because She Was “Intimidated By Threats Of Economic Retaliation Against The State.” According to the Wall Street Journal, “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that set off an impassioned national debate over a provision that would have given business owners a legal defense for refusing service to customers on religious grounds…. Supporters of the proposed legislation said the veto wasn't surprising, considering the enormous public opposition and what they contend was the miscasting of it as a discrimination issue. They argued it simply would have strengthened existing law to better protect the religious from violating their beliefs. Bruce Hausknecht of Focus on the Family, a conservative group in favor of the bill, said Ms. Brewer was ‘intimidated by threats of economic retaliation against the state.’” [Wall Street Journal, 2/27/2014]

Focus On The Family Said They Opposed Houston Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Because People Could Be Charged With A Crime For Refusing To Participate In Same-Sex Ceremonies. Describing Focus On The Families Opposition to Houston’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance, their website said, “The second concern, validated by experiences across the country with these types of laws, was the fear Christian business owners, such as wedding photographers, bakers and florists, would be faced with the choice of compromising their faith or being charged with a crime (yes, a crime) and fined for refusing to participate in or promote same-sex ceremonies.” [Focus On The Family, Houston’s Religious Freedom Problem, Accessed 10/31/2014]"

Focus On The Family Cited Cases Of T-Shirt Companies Refusing To Print T-Shirts, Hospitals Refusing To Perform Surgery For Transgender Man, And Hotels Who Turned Lesbian Couples Away As Examples Of Loss Of Religious Liberty For Business Owners. On their website, Focus On The Family wrote, “Hundreds of states, municipalities and schools have added ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ to non-discrimination and public accommodations laws, ordinances and policies….When these newly created rights come into conflict with religious liberties, religious freedom often loses. In addition, such non-discrimination laws also threaten the privacy and safety of individuals. Listed here are just some examples of this loss of freedom, privacy and safety across our country.” Included as examples of the threats to religious liberty were a Kentucky T-shirt company that refused to print apparel for a gay pride event, a Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex couple, a Catholic hospital refusing to perform breast augmentation for a transgender individual, and an Inn that refused to provide accommodations for a lesbian couple. [Focus On The Family, The Impact Of Adding LGBT To Nondiscrimination Laws, Accessed 10/31/2014]

10. "Focus On The Family thinks being LGBT is "a particularly evil lie of Satan." President Jim Daly even says marriage equality means the destruction of civilization.

Focus On The Family Said “All Sexual Sin Is Wrong…But Homosexuality Does More Than Fail. It’s A Particularly Evil Lie Of Satan.” According to their website, Focus On The Family said “Male and female, together, are the fullest picture of the image of God in creation. That's why they need each other. Adam wasn't complete without Eve. In everyday terms, this means that only the difference and the complementary interplay of male and female uniquely reflect the image and likeness of the persons of the Trinity in creation. As a result, sexual love between a married man and woman is a life-giving act of mutual giving and receiving that mirrors the Trinity like nothing else on earth. Homosexuality denies this and falsely states that differences in male and female don't really matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Homosexuality violates the Trinitarian image of complementarity in a profound way. All sexual sin is wrong because it fails to mirror the Trinitarian image, but homosexuality does more than fail. It's a particularly evil lie of Satan because he knows that it overthrows the very image of the Trinitarian God in creation, revealed in the union of male and female. This is why this issue has become such a flashpoint. It will become even more contentious because nothing else challenges this image of the Triune God so profoundly and thoroughly as homosexuality. It's not what we were made for.” [Focus On The Family, How We Dishonor God in Our Sex Lives, Accessed 10/30/2014]

Focus On The Family’s CitizenLink said Same-Sex Marriage Would Lead To Legalization Of Polygamy. According to a press release from Citizen Link, Focus On The Family’s political arm, “Gay activists and their allies bristle at the notion that the legalization of same-sex marriage will pave the way for legalized polygamy - so-called marriages of one man and multiple women, or one woman and multiple men. But, as The Washington Times reports, there's a clear connection between the two. Legal analysts say the redefinition of marriage in state legislatures and courts is helping to pave the way for yet another redefinition of marriage - to include three or more people. Two TV shows - HBO's Big Love and TLC's Sister Wives - also are helping to make the case for polygamy, which was outlawed in the U.S. in the late 1800s. Wayne McCormack, dean of the University of Utah law school, told The Times that a pro-polygamy legal challenge is all but inevitable. I don't have any doubt we'll see it, he said. It's going to play out after same-sex marriage is resolved, but we're going to get new cases.” [CitizenLink, Press Release, 3/22/2011]

Focus On The Family’s Daly Said If Same-Sex Marriage Were Legalized, “Civilization Goes Down.” Focus On the Family’s Jim Daly said in a conversation with Founder James Dobson, discussing a proposed federal marriage amendment, “politicians and the press are obviously trying to minimize what the American people think on this topic. They don't want us to think that the most important institution, more important than the war, more important than sickness -- it is marriage folks. If this goes, civilization goes down.” [Media Matters, 6/8/2006, Focus On The Family Radio Show, 6/7/2008]