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Fox News Blames Marriage Equality For Decline in Marriage Rates

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Fox News correspondents Bret Baier and Shannon Bream took to the conservative network’s Special Report to reinforce the widely debunked idea that same sex marriage poses a clear and present threat to heterosexual marriages. Growing support for marriage equality, the talking heads reasoned, actively discouraged straight people from considering “traditional marriage,” and was one of the major contributing factors to the overall decline in marriage rates in the US.

The false correlation between rise in gay marriage and the fall of straight marriages was thoroughly disproved in a study conducted by Portland State University’s School of Community Health last June.

“[W]e found that adult rates of opposite sex marriage in states implementing same sex marriage laws were equivalent to rates in states with no such laws,” researchers explained. “[W]e find that any differences appear to due to chance alone.”

“The question of whether states ought to legally provide same sex couples with the legal status of marriage, or a related, though less regarded and less beneficial status of same sex union cannot be answered solely in terms of the effect on opposite sex marriages. However, a deleterious effect on rates of state rates of opposite sex marriage has been argued to be a motivating factor for both the withholding and the elimination of existing rights of same sex couples to marry by policy makers–including presiding justices of current litigation over same sex couples rights to legally marry. Such claims do not appear credible in the face of the existing evidence.”

Watch Fox News correspondents Brett Baier and Shannon Bream’s misguided attempt at blaming marriage equality for the decline in heterosexual marriages AFTER THE JUMP...

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Fox News Correspondent Todd Starnes Thinks Gay Marriage Will Lead to Man-Dog Marriage: VIDEO

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Appearing on the Daystar talk show "Joni" last month, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes felt the need to get some personal woes off his chest and lament the redefinition of marriage at the hands of the gays. 

In one segment, Starnes agreed with another guest in saying that same-sex marriage allows for countless other forms of commitments to be made, including a man wanting to marry his dog--all this from a conversation about the Denver bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

And in another segment, Starnes said that he believes "the government is going to have to start coming after pastors in the pulpit," lamenting the probability that stricter hate crime laws (like the ones censoring anti-gay speech on Christian talk radio in Canada) will make their way to the United States. "I think that we're going to see some pastors who, quite frankly, may have to go to jail to protect their religious beliefs." If that weren't enough, he also throws out the old religious freedom argument, saying: "If I wanted to be persecuted for my faith I would go move to China. I like to live in America where we don't get beat up on the way to church." A classy line coming from someone boo-hooing about hate crime laws.

Check out the videos (provided by Right Wing Watch), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Fox News On Ray Rice Elevator Assault: 'I Think The Message Is, Take The Stairs' - VIDEO

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In the wake of the scandal surrounding NFL Ravens' player Ray Rice being caught on camera assaulting his then fiance while on an elevator, Fox & Friends yesterday decided to place the blame for the assault squarely on the shoulders of the victim, Janay Rice, and suggest the biggest take away from the whole incident was to make sure to assault people where there aren't any cameras around. Think Progress reports:

Responding to the video, Fox host Brian Kilmeade on Monday blasted the victims of domestic violence, criticizing Palmer (now Janay Rice) and other women who don’t break up with their partner after a domestic violence incident, saying they send a “terrible message.”

Kilmeade then proceeded to provide mocking advice to Palmer, quipping, “I think the message is, take the stairs.” Co-host Steve Doocey gamely joined in, “The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”

Today, Fox & Friends responded to the backlash by stating, “Comments that were made during this story made some feel like we are taking the situation too lightly. We are not, we were not. Domestic violence is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.”

Watch the news clip showing the incendiary comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Megyn Kelly Invites on Hate Leader Tony Perkins More Than All Other Fox News Hosts Combined: VIDEO

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A new report by Media Matters finds Fox News personality Megyn Kelly guilty of inviting on anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins more than all other network programs combined.

According to the report, Kelly's shows account for 17 of Perkins' 30 Fox News appearances since the end of the 2012 GOP primary season.

Watch a video spotlighting Kelly's cozy relationship with Perkins, AFTER THE JUMP...

Media Matters adds:

But these numbers don't fully account for Kelly's role in whitewashing the anti-LGBT animus that motivates Perkins' and FRC's work. She's described FRC as "a group whose mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and culture from a Christian worldview." And Kelly has repeatedly peddled Perkins' own talking points - suggesting that "Christian beliefs and Christian rights" are being trampled as LGBT rights are ascendant, charging gay rights activists with being intolerant, lamenting that it must be "alienating" for Perkins to be criticized for his anti-LGBT views.

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Homophobe Richard Land Links LGBT Rights With Nazi Persecution - LISTEN

Former Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land, referring to President Obama’s executive order providing protections for LGBT employees of federal contractors, told the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch that conservatives need to stand up to “the gay thought police” or face Nazi-style persecution, reports Right Wing Watch.

Richard landSpeaking with Land, homophobic Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes said that Obama’s executive order is “mocking and condescending” towards religion because opposing discrimination is incompatible with religious values.

Later in the show, a caller said that she didn’t understand “how seemingly intelligent people could have voted a president in by the name of Barack Obama so soon after 9/11.” Rather than addressing the caller’s racist comments, Land went on to say that Obama has an anti-American worldview and is to blame for everything from the war on drugs to Boko Haram’s kidnapping of girls in Nigeria.

Land, who stepped down from the Southern Baptist Convention following controversial comments he made about Trayvon Martin, is currently the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Listen to the disturbing clips in which Land references Martin Niemöller’s anti-Nazi poem “First they came…," AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Fox News' Todd Starnes: Obama ‘Hell-bent’ on Forcing Christians to Accept ‘Militant’ LGBT Agenda

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Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes has never been a fan of gay rights. After all, the advancement of LGBT civil equality has effectively ruined sports and the Grammys for him and has even led to the ‘religious persecution’ of saintly, anti-gay Christians like Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.

ObamaAnd so it comes as no surprise that Starnes wasn’t too pleased with President Obama’s executive order barring discrimination against LGBT people employed by federal contractors, calling it the latest sign that the Obama administration is “hell-bent on forcing Christians to assimilate to the militant LGBT agenda”

For his latest column over at Foxnews.com, Starnes gathers quotes from some notable anti-gay talking heads including Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg and First Baptist Church in Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress to reinforce the point made in his comically aweful new book that Obama ultimately “believes gay rights trump everyone else’s rights – including religious rights”

The piece is basically just one big, nutty meltdown, but if you care to read it you can do so here


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