No matter what your beliefs about
homosexuality are, you will find some of the following
quotations promote beliefs other than your own. Please do not read them if you are easily
"If GOD did not make homosexuals, there would be
"God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."
"God made 'Adam and Eve' not 'Adam and Steve'?...hmmmm...then who made
Why do we endlessly recycle the old conflicts: first we fought
about slavery, then segregation, then gender, and now sexual orientation, while
gender identity is in the wings waiting. Why can't people
look at the phrase 'liberty and justice for all' and simply accept that 'all'
Anita Bryant: "As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically
reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children." Anita
Bryant, 1977 6
Jimmy Carter, quoted in the Los Angeles Times: "We must
make it clear that a platform of 'I hate gay men and women' is not a way to
become president of the United States."
Chick Publications: "Homosexuals cannot reproduce. They
must recruit. And they want our children! That’s why they are getting public
officials to require school teachers to present homosexuality as “normal" and
acceptable. They know that the next generation will one day be voters, and they
will change the laws so that homosexuals can prey on children and not worry
about breaking the law!" 5
William Sloane Coffin: "In reality, there are no biblical
literalists, only selective literalists. By abolishing slavery and ordaining
women, millions of Protestants have gone far beyond biblical literalism.
It's time we did the same for homophobia." 1
Ed Dobson, former VP of Moral Majority, Inc.:
"I haven't changed in the sense that I believe sexuality is a
gift from God to be expressed exclusively within the commitment of
heterosexual marriage and that all other expressions of that are outside
the boundaries of God's creative intent as revealed in the Scripture.
However, I do not believe that gives you a license to hate people,
including homosexuals, and I think part of the struggle for people is
that it's easy, it's easy to beat up what you don't understand. I have
sat and listened to story after story after story from gay people of
their journey and have cried with them and tried to listen to the awful
pain they go through. [It] hasn't changed what I believe about the
practice of homosexuality, but it has reminded me that 'Whom you would
change you must first love.' Martin Luther King, Jr. said that. And in
general, Christians have not been very good about loving gay people. Oh,
they'll tell you they hate the sin but they love the sinner, but I don't
see much love for the sinner."
Jerry Falwell: Quoted in Jim Hill & Rand Cheadle, "The Bible Tells Me So",
Anchor Books (1996), P. 69-70: "[homosexuals are] brute beasts...part of
a vile and satanic system [that] will be utterly annihilated, and there will
be a celebration in heaven."
President Gerald Ford: In 2002, he was asked by lesbian columnist
Deb Price if gay couples should receive equal benefits. He replied, "I think
they ought to be treated equally. Period." 4
Steve Gunderson, first openly gay Republican congressman:
"...the worst thing that happened to the gay community was the
fall of communism...As long as the conservative movement had communism
to fight, they could organize and raise their money over that issue. The
minute they lost communism, they had to find a new enemy, and that enemy
Vangie Jones; in a letter to the editor of the Maui News, Maui, HI,
on 1997-FEB-3, titled "Change breeds
fear:" "Homosexuality is a discovery, not a choice or a sin."
Lynn Lavner: "The Bible contains six admonishments to
homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that
God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they need more supervision."
Rory Lewis (performer): "The epitome of evil is having
spiritual leaders condone hate, in the name of God, against others such
as our gay brothers and sisters."
Leonard Matlovich: He served for 12 years in the US Air Force, received
exemplary ratings, won a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After revealing his homosexual orientation,
he was dishonorably discharged. His tombstone reads: "Here lies a man who was given a medal for killing two men,
and a dishonorable discharge for loving one." 1
Chief Justice Moore, Alabama
"...the homosexual conduct
of a parent -- conduct involving a sexual relationship between two
persons of the same gender -- creates a strong presumption of unfitness
that alone is sufficient justification for denying that parent custody
of his or her own children or prohibiting the adoption of the children
of others.... Homosexual conduct is, and has been, considered abhorrent,
immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws
of nature and of nature's God upon which this Nation and our laws are
predicated. Such conduct violates both the criminal and civil laws of
this State and is destructive to a basic building block of society --
the family....It is an inherent evil against which children must be
Moore is a devout fundamentalist Christian. He may not be aware that the
phrase "Nature's God," found in the Declaration of Independence, refers to the
Deist, not the Christian, concept of God.
Pat Robertson: "If the world accepts homosexuality as its norm and
if it moves the entire world in that regard, the whole world is then going to
be sitting like Sodom and Gomorrah before a Holy God."
Salt Lake City Board of Education:"...Hispanic
Club,...Native American Club, Human Rights Club, ...Young Democrats,...UFO
(Ultimate Frisbee Organization), Advancement of Hispanic Students,
...Chinese Checkers Club...HIS Club (a Bible study club),...Latino Pride
Club,...Students Against Drunk Driving, Students of the Orient, Young
Republicans." This is a partial list of high-school
clubs banned in 1996 after the board determined that the only method
of legally eradicating a single student gay/lesbian support club was to ban all
student clubs in the system.
Rev. Dr. Christine M. Smith: "It is not just equal rights or ‘our
share’ of the status quo that LGBT people want. Rather many of us are
working hard for a transformed world for all who are oppressed and
marginalized. It is time to really challenge our communities of faith to
articulate and embody aspects of that transformation."
John Shelby Spong:
"...secular journalists ... tend to accept uncritically the oft-repeated
Evangelical Protestant and Conservative Roman Catholic definitions that the
Bible is anti-gay. If these people were honest, they would have to admit
that the Bible is also pro-slavery and anti-women." 7
"I think that we have in recent years
entered a "New Dark Age" in the Western world. It is marked by the rise
of religious systems that seek to build security by encouraging
prejudice against a designated victim....the homosexual has become in
the religious hysteria of our day. This kind of behavior is always a
response to fear and to a rapidly changing world. Security-providing
religion, which always requires a victim, is like a drug that carries us
over the rough places of life. It is certainly not the wave of the
"We don't choose to be white or black, male or female, left-handed
or right-handed, gay or straight. We awaken in each instance to the
reality of what we are. Nothing external to our humanity activates our
self-understanding. It simply is. Alcohol distorts life for the
alcoholic. Homosexuality does not distort the life of the gay person.
Your pastor's understanding is simply one more version of the idea that
homosexuality is a sickness or addiction that needs to be cured if
possible and if not possible, it needs to be suppressed. Wholeness never
came to anyone who tried to suppress his or her deepest identity." 3
"We struggled against apartheid because we were being blamed and
made to suffer for something we could do nothing about. It is the same
with homosexuality. The orientation is a given, not a matter of choice.
It would be crazy for someone to choose to be gay, given the homophobia
that is present."
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
William Sloane Coffin, "Commentary: It's clear that homophobia
was reason for ad's rejection," United Church News, 2004-DEC-15, at:
Previously, this essay contained a quote taken from "The gay marriage debate rages on," an Email from Chick
Publications on 2008-AUG-12. However, we have been unable to absolutely confirm this when challenged, because both our Emails and Email file backup for that era had failed. So we removed the quote and added an entry to our errata page.