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    March 28, 2008

    Apology accepted

    Posted by: Chris

    Petersprigg Here's something you don't see every day.

    Remember that outrageous quote from Peter Sprigg, policy VP at the Family Research Council, about why they oppose immigration rights for gay Americans?:

    I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe homosexuality is destructive to society.

    I'll take a smidgen of credit, ever so humbly, for being the first to publicize that whopper on the blogosphere. Since then, Sprigg has shown up on dozens of blogs and websites for gay rights organizations.

    Now, lo and behold, he taking it all back:

    In response to a question regarding bi-national same-sex couples who are separated by an international border, I used language that trivialized the seriousness of the issue and did not communicate respect for the essential dignity of every human being as a person created in the image of God. I apologize for speaking in a way that did not reflect the standards which the Family Research Council and I embrace.

    That's refreshing, especially his professed wilingness to at least see the human toll that legal inequality can take. Sure it might not be genuine, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. I only wish Sprigg and his fellow travelers would pause long enough to consider what might have motivated that original quote, and whether causing pain and heartache in the lives of gay Americans, his fellow Americans, is really what Jesus would do.

    Sprigg goes on to say that FRC opposes the Uniting American Families Act because, "FRC does not believe that homosexual relationships are the equivalent of marriage." Fair enough, but why should that preclude any legal recognition at all for same-sex couples? If Sprigg really respects our dignity, he would see there's no harm in letting us be together with the one we love.

    (H/t: Immigration Equality)

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    1. Out of Eygpt on Mar 28, 2008 4:40:06 PM:

      What would Jesus do in your opinion as far as 'gay civil rights/marriage' are concerned? Interesting question indeed!

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