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Focus On The Family President: “We’ve Probably Lost” Marriage Fight

May 23, 2011 5:44 pm ET by Carlos Maza

During a recent interview with World Magazine, Focus on the Family (FoF) president Jim Daly confessed that anti-gay conservatives have “probably lost” the fight to stop same-sex marriage from becoming legal in America:

We're winning the younger generation on abortion, at least in theory. What about same-sex marriage? 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.

Daly also theorized that God may have “hand[ed] over the “same-sex situation” in order to “drive the Christian community” into recognizing how much they have mishandled marriage:

Where are we? 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 no no-fault divorce in our church"?

This isn’t the first time a spokesperson for Focus on the Family has hinted towards admitting defeat in the fight against marriage equality. In February, FoF board member Albert Mohler declared that Christians should start preparing for the inevitability that same-sex marriage will become “normalized, legalized and recognized.”

Daly and Mohler are noticing a trend that many anti-gay groups are reluctant to come to terms with: the American public is moving slowly but surely to fully embracing marriage equality. Six polls in the past several months found a majority of Americans support legalizing same-sex marriage.

We don’t often agree with Focus on the Family, but we’ve got to hand it to Daly for at least admitting that things aren’t exactly going well for his side. The question is: when will groups like the National Organization for Marriage and Family Research Council do the same?


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