Today's guest post comes to us from David Fishback, the advocacy chair of the Metro DC PFLAG chapter in response to the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg's appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews.
"At the very end of a discussion of the Don't Ask/Don't Tell hearing Mr. Sprigg was asked by Mr. Mathews if "gay behavior" should be outlawed. Mr. Sprigg responded that "I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior." Then Mr. Mathews, presumably to make certain that Mr. Sprigg understood what he had just said, asked, "So we should outlaw gay behavior?" Mr. Sprigg replied, "Yes."
Mr. Sprigg has now shown himself to be an enemy of committed gay couples' rights to exist free from imprisonment. In so doing, he grossly insulted every gay couple and every gay person in America -- and every family member and friend of a gay person. In other words, he said publicly, and unambiguously, that my son and his partner should be subjected to criminal sanctions for loving each other.
This is not a "gotcha" situation. Mr. Mathews gave Mr. Sprigg the opportunity to back-off from his statement, in case he had somehow "misspoken."