Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters, closed out the “Marriage in America” panel at the Values Voters Summit today by declaring that if young people are supporting marriage equality because they want to be “on the right side of history,” then anti-gay marriage activists need to explain to them that they have it exactly backwards.
Right after the audience gave a standing ovation to Aaron and Melissa Klein, bakery owners who became Religious Right celebrities for refusing service to a gay couple, Johnson went on to criticize President Obama for using the term “LGBT.”
“He never says ‘gay and straight’ any more, now it’s ‘LGBT.’ Straight is not even in that mix,” Johnson said. “That’s an interesting point.”
Um, no it is not.
Later, Johnson urged Christians not to live under “some self-imposed sharia law on this issue” and instead start making the case for “natural marriage” by explaining to young people that opposing gay marriage puts them on the right side of history: