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Family Research Council on Criminalizing Homosexuality

February 3, 2010

In quite an exchange on last night’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Audrey Sarvis, of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) debated Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell with Peter Sprigg from the Family Research Council. Sarvis hangs Sprigg out to dry, but at one points advocates criminalizing homosexuality in civilian life as well. Surprisingly, he does admit that people don’t choose to have “same-sex attractions.”  Sprigg simply faults them for acting on the these feelings.  The problem here is that Sprigg frames this as about attraction, not emotion or love.  However, his admitting that this is not a choice is a quite something to me and leaves a bigger hole in the logic than he starts with.  While everyone should watch the full clip below, I’ve also included a short version pulling out this highlight.

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