Focus on the Family President concedes he’s “probably” lost on gay marriage

In an interview with the Christian World Magazine, Focus on the Family’s President and CEO Jim Daly concedes that his side may have lost the battle on same-sex marriage. His quote (via Freedom to Marry):

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.

We’ve started to see evidence that the tide is turning when it comes to public opinion on gay marriage. Remember Speaker Boehner’s seriously weak response to President Obama’s move away from defending DOMA?

It’s pretty amazing to see things turning dramatically in favor of same-sex marriage in a relatively short time. Even though same-sex marriage advocates have seen huge losses recently (like Prop 8 in CA), this kind of evidence means that we’re not far from a real change on the issue. Especially if even the ultra-Conservative leaders on the other side (who spend millions and millions each year trying to keep people like me from marrying), are beginning to concede that they’ve lost.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/lore/ Lore

    As a Christian who supports gay rights (yeah, we exist), I’m very glad to hear this!

  • http://feministing.com/members/illusivebuffalo/ Cheryl

    As a lesbian Minnesotan who is preparing for what is likely to be a brutal battle on the gay marriage amendment in the next 18 months, I would like to believe this but I find it hard to.

  • beckeck

    yay! does this means we can start focusing on the important issues that ACTUALLY save queer lives?

    things like: taking measures to stop bullying of our youth and violence against our community, sheltering our homeless youth, and getting info and resources out there about HIV/AIDS.

    not that equality under the law isn’t completely important. because it is. but also, who said I wanted a piece of the patriarchal pie? I am so sick of this debate. I wish we could get our queer priorities in line. I understand that marriage is very VERY important and a big emotional deal to some people. but also, wtf. who are they to monopolize the political discourse on queer rights. Marriage is still the same old oppressive institution its always been, government getting into bed with us and telling us how, with whom, and the number of people we can have sex with and support.

    grrrrrrr.

    sorry. long day.