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RIGHT WING WATCH — Focus on the Family "clarifies" after flack from Glenn and LaBarbera

April 14, 2010
“Remember last time around when various Religious Right groups were saying that they would not oppose a Supreme Court nominee just because said nominee was gay? In fact, Focus on the Family’s Bruce Hausknecht went on record saying ‘the issue is not their sexual orientation. It’s whether they are a good judge or not.’ …Well, Focus received a lot of flack for that from professional anti-gay activists like Gary Glenn and Peter LaBarbera, and now Focus’ Tom Minnery has ‘clarified’ their position to LaBarbera, stating that the organization would oppose a gay nominee because said nominee would be, by definition, sinful and immoral.”

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RIGHT WING WATCH
People for the American Way
Washington, D.C.
April 14, 2010

SCOTUS Round-Up: Right ready to spend
millions fighting gay nominee women don’t like

Remember last time around when various Religious Right groups were saying that they would not oppose a Supreme Court nominee just because said nominee was gay?

In fact, Focus on the Family’s Bruce Hausknecht went on record saying “the issue is not their sexual orientation. It’s whether they are a good judge or not”:

“Our concern at the Supreme Court is judicial philosophy,” FOF spokesperson Hausknecht continued. “Sexual orientation only becomes an issue if it effects their judging.” For example, he said, “If someone says, `I don’t care what the law says, on the next case involving sexual orientation, I’m going to decide the case in favor of the openly gay party,’ that would be a breach of judicial duty.”

Well, Focus received a lot of flack for that from professional anti-gay activists like Gary Glenn and Peter LaBarbera and now Focus’ Tom Minnery has “clarified” their position to LaBarbera, stating that the organization would oppose a gay nominee because said nominee would be, by definition, sinful and immoral:

“It has been reported that we would not oppose any U.S. Supreme Court nominee over their ’sexual orientation.’ Our Judicial Analyst [Bruce Hausknecht] made a statement to this effect in an interview with The Plum Line. To be honest, this is one of those conversations we’d like to ‘do over.’ We can assure you that we recognize that homosexual behavior is a sin and does not reflect God’s created intent and desire for humanity. Further, we at Focus do affirm that character and moral rectitude should be key considerations in appointing members of the judiciary, especially in the case of the highest court in the land. Sexual behavior–be it heterosexual or homosexual–certainly lies at the heart of personal morality.”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/scotus-round-right-ready-spend-millions-fighting-gay-nominee-women-dont
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