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FRC’s Sprigg: Gallaudet Proves Marriage Equality Poses “Immediate Threat” To Religious Liberty

October 26, 2012 4:42 pm ET by Carlos Maza

In an October 26 op-ed for The Washington Times, Family Research Council (FRC) Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg cited the recent incident at Gallaudet University to falsely assert that same-sex marriage poses an “immediate threat to religious liberty.”

Gallaudet University’s Chief Diversity Officer Angela McCaskill was placed on paid leave earlier this month after it was discovered that she signed the petition to put Maryland’s marriage equality law up for a referendum in November. Gallaudet’s actions have been criticized by activists on both sides of the marriage issue, and the incident itself has nothing to do with the legality of same-sex marriage.

Sprigg, whose organization has been labeled an anti-gay hate group and has a history of making inaccurate policy predictions, was nevertheless committed to citing Gallaudet’s actions as proof of the alleged threat that marriage equality poses to religious freedom:

Ms. McCaskill’s case is a clear illustration of the threat posed to religious liberty by the legalization of homosexual “marriage.”

People across the political spectrum were shocked and dismayed to learn about Ms. McCaskill’s suspension. Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz suspended her merely for being one of almost 200,000 Marylanders who exercised their right to sign the petition placing the issue of the definition of marriage on the ballot.

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Incidents like the one at Gallaudet highlight the more immediate threat to religious liberty posed by the push for homosexual “marriage.” A person’s very livelihood has been jeopardized merely because she exercised her First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. If this is what happens even when the law is not yet on the side of homosexual “marriage,” what conscientious objector to the redefinition of marriage will be safe after the law changes?

Previously:

On Fox, Tony Perkins Cites Gallaudet Incident To Attack Marriage Equality

Why The Gallaudet University Incident Reveals Nothing About Marriage Equality