November 26, 2004


After Victory, Crusader Against Same-Sex Marriage Thinks Big (JAMES DAO, 11/26/04, NY Times)

The warning call came in December 1995. "Do you folks on the mainland know what is going on here?" a friend from Hawaii asked Phil Burress, an antipornography crusader from the suburbs of Cincinnati.

Mr. Burress confessed that he did not. "They're going to legalize gay marriage here, and it's coming your way," the friend said, referring to a case before the Hawaii Supreme Court dealing with the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Mr. Burress, a self-described former pornography addict, had spent much of the 1990's fighting strip clubs and X-rated bookstores. But here was something he saw as a potentially greater threat to his fundamentalist Christian beliefs and traditional family values: something he called the "gay agenda."

"We saw a stepped program, a plan by gay advocates," Mr. Burress recalled. "It would lead to homosexuality being taught in schools as equal to heterosexuality. And we saw that what they couldn't get from legislatures they would try to get by going to court."

And so Mr. Burress became a Paul Revere for the movement against same-sex marriage, not only sounding warnings across the land but also laying the groundwork for a church-based conservative movement that he hopes will transform Ohio politics for years to come.

Thanks to the overreaching of gay activists it's a fight the Right will be able to organize around for awhile.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 26, 2004 4:15 PM

What has happened is that the Christophobes (couldn't wait to try out the new word!)have been so eager to jump on the "wretcheds" (my word for so-called "gays") bandwagon simply because they feel they must oppose anything held by Judeo-Christian religion, that they have made a sacrament of buggery, as they earlier had of infanticide.

The problem for them is that there are plenty of cultural and even medical reasons for discouraging "wretched" behavior, to the extent that the issue is a dead-bang loser. Now it's too late to turn back. The libs are stuck with the "wretcheds", just like the're stuck with the baby-killers and gun-grabbers. Each of these positions is part of a contrarian gestalt, and they cas not be wished away.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 26, 2004 9:02 PM

Phil Burress, an antipornography crusader from the suburbs of Cincinnati

Remember the last self-proclaimed antiporn crusader from Cincinnati? It was Charles Keating, later of "Keating Five" savings and loan scandal fame.

Posted by: PapayaSF at November 26, 2004 9:26 PM


My thoughts exactly.

The gay lobby has failed to understand the difference between tolerance and acceptance, just as much of the Religious Right does. It's not a hard concept.

Posted by: Bart at November 27, 2004 3:21 AM