While Focus on the Family (FOTF) is still working hard to mislead women away from having abortions and mislead young people into bullying their LGBT peers, Jim Daly, FOTF’s CEO and President, admitted this week that they’ve “lost” on same-sex marriage:
WORLD MAGAZINE: We’re winning the younger generation on abortion, at least in theory. What about same-sex marriage?
DALY: We’re losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age — demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that. I don’t want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.
Both World and Daly are presumably using “we” to speak on behalf of all evangelical Christians, but perhaps they should be more careful in doing so. Besides the fact that the latest Gallup poll shows “they” might not even have the momentum on abortion that they think they do, FOTF is struggling with marriage across all age groups as well. A new poll from HRC/Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows that people who identify as Christian overwhelmingly support LGBT equality, regardless of age:
Despite the concession, Daly still attacks same-sex families with a comparison to polygamy:
DALY: We’ve got to look at what God is doing in all of this. Have we done such a poor job with marriage, is He so upset with our mishandling of it in the Christian community, along with our lust of the flesh as a nation, that He is handing us over to this polygamy and same-sex situation in order to, perhaps, drive the Christian community, the remnant, into saying, “OK, there’s not-fault divorce in our church”?
Because polygamy has nothing to do with same-sex marriage and there is no wide-spread push for it, no polling is available to defend or reject Daly’s claim. The mere fact that he thinks polygamy is in any way relevant to the discussion shows just how out of touch he continues to be. It seems Focus on the Family is going to keep focusing on the discrimination anyway.
Cross-posted on Wonk Room.