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07/18/2014

FL anti-gay activist, head of anti-gay Boy Scouts group says marriage inequality is 'issue worth dying for'

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef0192Ac8016C0970DJohn Stemberger is a very anti-gay personality. In addition to his years and years of aggressively hostile activism in the Sunshine State, the pro-discrimination advocate is also the visionary behind Trail Life USA, the organization that was started up solely because of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay youth.

Now Stemberger adds even more dedication to his discrimination, telling anyone who will listen that opposing same-sex marriage is "an issue worth dying for":

John Stemberger, who led that 2008 campaign, said he would keep fighting.

“This is an issue worth dying for,” said Stemberger, president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council in Orlando. “Every domestic partnership, every single civil union, every couple that cohabitates, these arrangements dilute and devalue marriage.”

Stemberger said he wasn’t “daunted” by Garcia’s ruling, nor was he surprised.

“The court was very hostile to our position,” he said. “This is a very sad day for Floridians. This is an entirely illegitimate process. The judge had no legal authority in this decision.”


FULL: Keys judge overturns same-sex marriage ban; attorney general to appeal [Miami Herald]
(h/t: Joe.My.God.)

My husband and I move freely through society, yet not one person in our nearly twelve years together has felt compelled to swallow a cyanide caplet because of our public airing of our marriage. In fact, rather than seeing our family as something worthy of self-death, most offer us great praise. Happiness. Good tidings. This is even more so since our little Savannah came along. She's like living Prozac, that kid!

Not sure why Mr. Stemberger feels that the termination of life is something that can, will, or should come into play here. However, if he's tempting the fates or mortality simply because certain kinds of Americans are inching closer to full equality in all fifty states, then I'm thinking he might want to talk to someone about that. In my layman's view of psychiatry, that would seem to be some sort of cry for help.

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