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    March 20, 2008

    Say whaaaa?

    Posted by: Chris

    UPDATE: At the end of the post.

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    "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."

    That's how Peter Sprigg, vice president of policy at the Family Research Council, explained the conservative group's opposition to the Uniting American Families Act, which would allow gay Americans the same right straight Americans have to sponsor a foreign partner for citizenship here.

    Just in case you wondered…

    (Video here; Spriggs quotes at 1:37)

    UDPATE:

    Immigration Equality linked to this post earlier today, and later the group's director Rachel Tiven issued this statement:

    Unfortunately, the Family Research Council's preference to export lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender (LGBT) Americans prevails. This policy continues to separate people who love each other, but of course Mr. Sprigg's group doesn't care about that. 

    I hope, however, that the Family Research Council realizes that when we 'export homosexuals' we also export talented men and women who have made incredible contributions to this country and its economy - THAT is 'destructive to society'.   LGBT Americans who are forced into exile from this country are researchers for companies like GE and Pfizer, nurses in the Midwest, teachers in our inner cities and sons and daughters of aging parents who depend on them for care.

    The Family Research Council might not care about our families but current immigration laws are 'destructive' to America and I hope that is something they do care about.

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    Comments

    1. Princess Sparkle Pony on Mar 20, 2008 5:34:21 PM:

      Can you imagine? The US would become a nation a bad hairdos and drab window treatments.

    1. Jaycbird on Mar 20, 2008 7:34:13 PM:

      Please, PLEASE, export me to Canada or Denmark!
      >:)

    1. Geoph Chicago on Mar 21, 2008 12:27:16 PM:

      I really find it funny, if one were to say that it is in the best interest to the United States to export the radical christian right fron the US because they would want to shred the constitiution to make this country a cristian theorocracy- they would be the first to denounce this statement as hatespeech, but yet they can go around and say this and think nothing of it. When you hear anything about the LGBT community from these people just replace the LGBT part with whatever group you affiliate with to see how wrong the statement is, i.e export latinos, export Afican-Americans, export women etc. etc,

    1. amos on Mar 21, 2008 1:15:21 PM:

      Speaking for myself, I welcome the chance to show the bigotry of that statement. I look forward to a fight I know I can win.

      One of the major work that Out4Immigration have been working on is coalition with other immigrant groups and organizations in general. So that when I/we are attacked, we have a group of people behind us calling out the blatant bigotry. We have strength in power.

      4 years ago, they use the marriage fear card against us. 2 years ago, they started going after Latino immigrant all to try to influence and win election. Guess what? The presidential candidate this year all supported immigration reform (though McCain has hemmed and hawed recently). Those candidates that are anti-immigrant barely got any votes in the Republicans primary.

      My family and my relationship is as worthy as those pious, self-righteous WHITE man. I pay the same taxes as them and enjoy none of the benefits.

      Let them talk - I won't back down from a fight where I know I'm right. That's why I am here, that's why I believe I am involved in this organization, that's why I spend my time and money in this organization. I will not be silenced and exported out of this country! And neither should any of you.

      Amos

    1. Strict Scrutiny on Mar 22, 2008 12:30:03 PM:

      Couple of things here:

      First, Rachel Tivens' statement is pretty good. Howevever, she suggests that the "export" of gay people is bad largely because it would result in the loss of talented gay folks. While true, she's missing a big point. I don't care if we lose a gay astrophysicist or a gay garbage collector. The issue here is humanity and human dignity, not talent. Spriggs' statement is vile because it degrades people, their feelings, and their relationships. It should not matter whether or not a "love exile" is talented.

      Next, I think it's a pity Spriggs statement was not more forcefully denounced in the mainstream media. I think Geoph got it right on. GLBT folks are probably the only minority group that that neo-con bullys can attack and not suffer any adverse consequences.

    1. Tim on Mar 24, 2008 1:31:27 PM:

      I've been trying to come up with some kind of numbers for how many of us homo's there are. If the number 600,000 households is the official census number, there's 1.2 million right there. and looking at the gay scene only about a quarter to a third of gays are partnered. That's a minimum of 3.6 million or maximum of 4.8 million lesbians and gays. Roughly one percent of the US total population. That makes us an easy target and further emphasis's the ridiculousness of the arguments that we are destroying anything.

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