There are generally two types of groups opposing gay marriage and pushing for the Federal Marriage Amendment. There’s the respectable, Alliance for Marriage/Maggie Gallagher group, who have no problem with gays but really don’t think they deserve any civil rights of which to speak. Then there’s the batshit crazy Concerned Women for America/Focus on the Family crowd, who hate gays, want to convert them, and make no bones about it. I had always assumed that Bush fell into the former crowd, what with his voiced support for civil unions and the whatnot. Given the views of Jim Holsinger, Bush’s nominee to be Surgeon General, I guess I was wrong:
– Holsinger founded Hope Springs Community Church, which “ministers to people who no longer wish to be gay or lesbian.” Holsinger said that he sees homosexuality as “an issue not of orientation but of lifestyle.” [Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/1/07]
– In serving on the United Methodist Judicial Council — the “court” that resolves “disputes involving church doctrine and policies in the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination” — Holsinger “opposed a decision to allow a practicing lesbian to be an associate pastor, and he supported a pastor who would not permit an openly gay man to join the church.” [Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/1/07]
– In the early 1990s, Holsinger resigned from the United Methodist Church’s Committee to Study Homosexuality “because he believed the committee ‘would follow liberal lines.’” He also warned “that acceptance of homosexuality would drive away millions of churchgoers.” [Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 5/26/07; Time, 6/24/91]
This guy needs to be Borked. And fast.