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US Group Urges Nations to Block Efforts to End Discrimination Against Gays

  • Mariama Diallo

Mark Phariss (L) clutches the hand of partner Victor Holmes as they talk to the media outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 12, 2014.

Mark Phariss (L) clutches the hand of partner Victor Holmes as they talk to the media outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 12, 2014.

Leaders of a new U.S. organization say the group will combat what they call a global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender agenda. Scott Lively of Defend the Family International and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality unveiled the Coalition for Family Values at the National Press Club in Washington.

Lively said the Coalition for Family Values wants what it calls "family friendly nations" to block efforts to end discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. “The LGBT agenda has already gone too far, but it’s still advancing,” he said.

Among those nations he applauded is Russia. “As the 2014 winter Olympics come to a close in Sochi, Russia, we want to praise the Russian Federation for providing much-needed leadership in restoring family values in public policy, and to encourage the governments of the world to follow the excellent example of what the Russian government has said in 2013 and 2014 by banning LGBT propaganda to children and limiting the adoption of children to natural families only,” said Lively.

At Friday's news conference in Washington, he said about 70 anti-gay activists and religious leaders from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Brazil have so far joined the coalition.

“Let us pray for healing for those who choose the LGBT path and within reason respect their rights to be wrong and their private lives, but let us not allow the LGBT political movement to transform the world in its own distorted image,” he said.

Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, said American liberals do not care about religious teachings against homosexuality or protecting children from what the group says are efforts to normalize homosexual behavior and gender confusion.

“Children need a mom and a dad; and a homosexual partner cannot substitute for what a mom or a dad brings to a natural family,” said LaBarbera.

Gay rights activists with the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance heckled the speakers. Ellen Sturtz was one of them.

“I would like to stand for equality and stop the killing that’s going on in your name in Uganda and Russia,” said Sturtz.

Lively has campaigned in the United States, Europe and Africa for laws against the gay rights movement.

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