Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes on Thursday explained that marriage equality had only become more popular with Americans because the public schools were “indoctrination centers” for LGBT rights.
In an online interview, Starnes told Fox News host Patti Ann Browne that his conservative listeners and religious leaders were disappointed in President Barack Obama’s decision to support same sex marriage.
“If you listened to the mainstream media, you would think that the entire country is supporting gay marriage,” Starnes observed. “And I have news for folks, this is the 21st century. Thirty-two states have banned gay marriage. So when it goes before the people, when they get to vote on this issue, they’re overwhelming in their opposition to gay marriage.”
“The trend, according to every polling organization, has been toward favoring it,” Browne pointed out.
“And the reason why is because the public school system,” Starnes insisted. “Look at what’s happening in public schools. They’re indoctrination centers. Boys and girls are having their views formulated on gay marriage through the public school system, and that’s why it is becoming generational. This is not what kids are being taught at home and that’s why you’re seeing, I think, this discrepancy. Younger people support gay marriage; their parents and grandparents do not.”
According to an average of nine recent surveys, 50 percent of American adults agree with same sex marriage, while 45 percent disagree. The New York Times‘ Nate Silver estimated that opposition among adults in the U.S. has been decreasing at a rate of two to three percentage points per year since 2004.
A recent Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey found that 63 percent of those 31 and younger supported marriage equality. Support dropped to 51 percent for those aged 32 to 45, 39 percent for ages 46 to 66 — and only 30 percent among ages 67 to 84.
But experts attribute the change in attitude to popular culture rather than the public school system. Those born after 1980 grew up with LGBT activists fighting for equal rights and celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Melissa Etheridge coming out.
“Young people have a different idea of what is normal,” University of Pennsylvania sociologist Frank Furstenberg told the Associated Press in 2004.
Watch this video from Fox News, uploaded by Media Matters on May 10, 2012.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019