CNN: Gary Glenn debates Marriage Protection Amendment

Prime time live with CNN’s Paula Zahn (click here to view video)

Glenn tells national TV audience:
Marriage Protection Amendment needed to uphold people’s vote


American Family Association of Michigan President Gary Glenn appeared Monday night live on CNN’s “Paula Zahn NOW”
to debate the need for a Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A transcript of the debate follows:

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MIDLAND DAILY NEWS — Anti-gay extremism bad for Midland and Michigan

“Several years ago Gary Glenn came to Midland as a conservative political activist… Soon thereafter he rekindled the American Family Association of Michigan, based in Midland. Since that time, the AFA has been on a non-stop campaign to deny basic freedoms, safety and dignity to (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) people. The American Family Association claims to be a ‘pro-family’ organization, but a recent study by the (National Gay & Lesbian Task Force) Policy Institute showed that the AFA and similar groups do little for families, but instead spend their time trying to outlaw abortions, stop equal rights for gay people, and boycott companies they claim support indecency.”

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National Review – Dissolving Marriage

Washington, D.C.

February 3, 2006

Dissolving Marriage
If everything is marriage, then nothing is.

Canada, you don’t know the half of it. In mid-January, Canada was rocked by news that a Justice Department study had called for the decriminalization and regulation of polygamy. Actually, two government studies recommended decriminalizing polygamy. (Only one has been reported on.) And even that is only part of the story. Canadians, let me be brutally frank. You are being played for a bunch of fools by your legal-political elite. Your elites mumble a confusing jargon to your face to keep you from understanding what they really have in mind.

Gay-rights group hosting town hall meeting

“According to Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, not everyone in the community was in favor of including the (‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’) amendments. …Glenn said that AFA-Michigan would be working with those Dearborn Heights residents that also oppose the amendments by supporting them in their efforts to gather enough signatures to have the issue placed on a ballot, which would allow voters to decide whether the amendments would remain.”
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Cox appeal of "gay" benefits ruling praised

Family group praises Cox appeal of court ruling on homosexual benefits

LANSING — A statewide family values group Saturday praised Attorney General Mike Cox’s decision to appeal a circuit court ruling that a voter-approved Marriage Protection Amendment to Michigan’s state constitution does not prevent state and local governments from forcing taxpayers to pay for providing spousal benefits to the partners of public employees involved in homosexual relationships.

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s office Friday announced Cox’s intention to appeal the decision handed down Tuesday by Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.

American Family Association of Michigan President Gary Glenn, who first proposed and co-authored the amendment overwhelmingly approved last November by Michigan voters, predicted that the state Supreme Court will agree with Cox and amendment backers that the measure does prohibit government employers from recognizing homosexual relationships as equal or similar to marriage for the purpose of providing employment benefits.

“On behalf of most Michigan families and voters, we are deeply grateful to Attorney General Cox for his faithfulness in representing the will of the people of Michigan and helping preserve the institution of one-man, one-woman marriage for future generations of children,” Glenn said. “We thank Attorney General Cox for his commitment to fully enforce our state constitution and prevent government from using our tax dollars to recognize and treat homosexual relationships as if they’re equal or similar to marriage, and we’re confident that in the end, the state Supreme Court will do just that.”
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Cox to appeal ruling on gay benefits

by Dawson Bell
Detroit, Michigan
October 1, 2005

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Friday he will appeal a ruling earlier this week by an Ingham County judge that OK’d health care benefits for the gay and lesbian partners of public employees.

Cox spokeswoman Allison Pierce said Michigan voters had spoken clearly when they approved the one man-one woman marriage amendment to the state constitution last year.

“We have an obligation to uphold their intent,” she said.

Ingham County Judge Joyce Draganchuk sided with a coalition of employees, unions, activists and universities that argued that health care benefits for the same-sex partners of public employees are not marriage or marriagelike benefits.

Cox had been urged to seek an appeal by some backers of the amendment and by several Republican legislators.

Forum in Ferndale to offer advice for gay families

“Gary Glenn of Midland, who helped lead the campaign that (supported) Proposal 2, is president of the American Family Association of Michigan, a nonprofit group that he said is supported by 3,300 individuals and churches across the state. ‘We believe as a matter of public policy that Michigan should join those states that exclusively limit adoption or foster-care placement to households headed by a married man and woman,’ Glenn said.”
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WLNS-TV — Recap of same-sex marriage hearing

“Others say (the Marriage Protection Amendment) states clearly who is, and who is not eligible for health benefits. Gary Glenn, President of American Family (Association) of Michigan: ‘The people in Michigan defined what marriage is, and that is one man and one woman, and that is what the issue is all about, and that definition includes (taxpayer-financed) health care benefits.'”
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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Gay couples ask judge to allow benefits

“While the courtroom was filled with supporters of the gay couples, there was at least one person who thinks the amendment bars domestic partner benefits. Gary Glenn, president of the Midland-based American Family Association of Michigan and an outspoken backer of the amendment, said its primary intent was to reaffirm the definition of marriage. But the secondary intent was to make sure the definition is honored for any purpose, ‘including the provision of taxpayer-financed spousal benefits,’ he said.”
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FOX NEWS — Straight men marry in Canada for tax benefits

Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,

In every speech I gave last year supporting the Marriage Protection Amendment to our state constitution, I predicted that if legally redefined, marriage would eventually be devalued into nothing more than a financial calculation, a means by which new and various combinations of individuals could access financial benefits at taxpayers’ expense. This multiplicity of newly-endowed beneficiaries will carry a price tag, and taxpayers will be forced to pay it…a practical secular reason why marriage should remain only between one man and one woman. Now that Canada has destroyed that legal definition, watch for polygamy and even more new government beneficiaries to follow. Legally, on what basis can the Canadian government deny the next special interest group its demand that marriage be redefined again?

Gary Glenn
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