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FRC’s Peter Sprigg: Even If Straight Couples Don’t Have Kids, It’s The Possibility That Matters

Oh, we’re letting Peter Sprigg back on television now? Is that what you’re doing, Thomas Roberts, letting this certified liar on MSNBC to spread the Family Research Council’s recycled bile? We know where Sprigg stands on DOMA and banning recognition of same-sex marriage — we also know where Freedom To Marry’s Evan Wolfson stands — but he actually has something slightly new to say! Or rather, a new way of saying his old stump speech. While marriage between heterosexual couples doesn’t require them to have kids, Sprigg argues only breeders should only have access to it because there’s a possibility. Which gays don’t have!

“You’re not mandated to have kids if you get married, but it makes no sense to extend the benefits of marriage to a type of relationship that is incapable of ever creating children,” says Sprigg. “That undermines the whole purpose of the institution, and it sends a message to society that children don’t need a mother and a father, and that’s simply false.”

And that, friends, is what House Speaker John Boehner is really intent on battling.

(As for all you critics who keep saying opposition to gay marriage is rooted in Jesus? “I think that’s a grave misconception people have about this debate. Marriage is simply a civil institution, and not simply a religious institution. At its heart marriage is a natural institution rooted in the order of nature itself.”)

By:           Raising My Rainbow
On:           Mar 10, 2011
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  • 10 Comments
    • Cam
      Cam

      Let MSNBC know how you feel about their continuing to treat a group defined by the SPLC as a “Hate Group” the same listing given to the KKK. You can contact MSNBC at this link.

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339

      Here is a link to prove to MSNBC that the Southern Pverty Law Center has designated the FRC a “Hate Group.

      http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-adds-family-research-council-to-hate-groups-list

      They would NEVER have on a Nazi to discuss Isreal, a rapist to discuss women’s rights, or a member of the KKK to discuss affirmative action, hold their feet to the fire for continuing to invite this group!

      Mar 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ken
      Ken

      Ah yes, ye old “natural order of things” argument.

      “The constitution of the family organization, which is founded in the divine ordinance as well as in the nature of things, indicates the domestic sphere as that which properly belongs to the domain and functions of womanhood. The harmony, not to say identity, of interests and views which belong, or should belong, to the family institution is repugnant to the idea of a woman adopting a distinct and independent career from that of her husband…. The paramount destiny and mission of women are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother.” – Bradwell v. Illinois (1873)

      Don’t tell me, does Sprigg drive to work in a horse and buggy?

      Mar 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ken
      Ken

      Ah yes, ye old “natural order” argument.

      “The constitution of the family organization, which is founded in the divine ordinance as well as in the nature of things, indicates the domestic sphere as that which properly belongs to the domain and functions of womanhood. The harmony, not to say identity, of interests and views which belong, or should belong, to the family institution is repugnant to the idea of a woman adopting a distinct and independent career from that of her husband…. The paramount destiny and mission of women are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother.” – Bradwell v. Illinois (1873)

      Don’t tell me, Spriggs rides to work in a horse and buggy, right?

      Mar 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Bony Man
      The Bony Man

      So… infertile men/women should be denied marriage too? Since there’s no possibility of having children. Clearly, this is just another bunch of dreck from them…

      Mar 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greenmanTN
      greenmanTN

      So can we expect the FRC to start busting up weddings in retirement communities or any other place women beyond child-bearing age are thumbing their noses at the true purpose of marriage? Surely they must, since it has to offend Concerned Moral Guardians™ such as Peter Spriggs that these eggless haridans are mocking marriage by engaging in it past the point of fertility!

      Mar 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Schteve
      Schteve

      Nor federal prison inmates since federal prisons do not allow for conjugal visits.

      I also find it funny that he insists that one man and one woman are needed to have a child. Last time I checked, having multiple men or women still makes this possible. In fact, having multiple women makes it all the more likely that children will be born! I think Sprigg needs to start arguing in support of polygamous marriage.

      Mar 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • McMike
      McMike

      I really wish we would have called Spriggs out on his lies since recent studies have proven having two moms or two dads is not more harmful for a child. It’s unreal MSNBC, and other networks, allow hate groups these platforms.

      Mar 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 3DollarBill
      3DollarBill

      “Marriage is a natural institution, rooted in the order of nature itself”
      This gave me chills when I heard it. And not in a good way.

      Mar 11, 2011 at 2:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MattGMD
      MattGMD

      The radicalized christians are on the bitter path because if gay men are allowed to get married, there will be less single gay men available to administer booty bumps to the closet jeebus guys.

      Mar 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MattGMD
      MattGMD

      When the religious corporations start paying taxes then they can join in the political process. Tithe 30% of their gross income to Uncle Sam for starters.

      Mar 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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