by Chet Hardin
Re-cork the champagne. Focus on the Family has not given up the fight on the gay marriage front, despite what you might have read on the Internet.
According to Gary Schneeberger, vice president of media and public relations at Focus, comments made by Focus' president, Jim Daly, were taken very much out of context.
In an interview with World magazine, Daly answered the question, "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.
While left-wing bloggers jumped on the comment as a sign that Focus would soon be hoisting the rainbow flag of truce, that conclusion couldn't be more wrong, says Schneeberger, who told me Daly was just "acknowledging a statistical reality."
Daly was speaking to a Christian audience, Schneeberger adds, in strategic terms.
"We've got to look at our own house," Daly reportedly said, "make sure that our marriages are healthy, that we're being a good witness to the world. Then we can continue to work on defending marriage as best as we can."
Depending on which statistics you want to believe, either more Evangelical marriages end in divorce than secular marriages, or nearly as many. Regardless, millions of Christian divorcees do not engender a shining example of purity from which the church can lead.
Schneeberger believes that left-wing bloggers misinterpreted Daly's comments because they wanted to. Given the effectiveness of the work of Focus' political activism, he says, in the 31 states that have banned gay marriage, "maybe it's a little bit [of] wishful thinking, that we aren't going to be doing this anymore."
But, never fear, they are.
CitizenLink is currently involved in a number of anti-gay marriage measures throughout the country, including New York, Maryland and Rhode Island. Schneeberger says that CitizenLink will be working in Indiana, Minnesota, and Iowa as state attempts to get anti-gay marriage proposals on the 2012 ballot.