Robb and Robin Wirthlin are fast becoming right-wing celebrities as they turn their horror stories about what happened to their family as a result of gay marriage in Massachusetts into a warning to the rest of the nation.
You see, their son was read the book “King and King” in school and … well, that’s about it. But that was enough to get them featured in this video about the dangers of gay marriage from the Family Research Council:
And now they have taken their tale of woe on the road, heading down to Florida to urge its citizens to pass Amendment 2 and prevent such tragedies from befalling their own families:
Massachusetts parents Robb and Robin Wirthlin don’t want parents in Florida to have the same experience as they did when their seven-year-old son was taught from a book advocating “gay marriage” in his second grade public school classroom in the wake of that state’s legalization of same-sex marriages.
“It’s troubling and it’s disturbing. We don’t want this to happen to any other family,” Robb Wirthlin, joined by his wife, said at a Tallahassee news conference Oct. 22.
The Wirthlins, also joined by a Hillsborough County teacher, a First Amendment attorney, and religious leaders urged Floridians to support the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment (also known as Amendment 2 on the November ballot) to protect traditional marriage in order to avoid the negative educational and religious liberty ramifications that have arisen in other states with “gay marriage.”
“If we had a million dollars to give the campaign we would because we don’t want anyone to go through this-what we’ve been through,” Robb Wirthlin said.
The Wirthlins unsuccessfully appealed to their son’s teacher and principal to receive prior notice before such subject matter is taught or to opt-out of such lessons. Later, a federal lawsuit also failed to protect the parents’ rights, and the Wirthlins have been subjected to ridicule and hostility by other citizens in Lexington.
But just in case that wasn’t enough to scare Florida voters straight, Anita Staver, wife of right-wing uber-lawyer Mat Staver, issued some terrifying predictions of her own:
Anita Staver, president of Liberty Counsel and co-author of the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment, told reporters: “We don’t need a crystal ball to tell what’s going to happen in Florida if Amendment 2 does not pass. Normalizing same-sex marriage will suppress speech and religion. The ultimate goal for those opposing Amendment 2 is to silence all opposition to same-sex behavior and the homosexual lifestyle.”
Noting the “gay marriage” debate is “really a battle over the freedom of speech,” Staver listed 10 examples in schools, churches and private businesses in which persons opposing homosexuality have been discriminated against, usually in states and countries where “gay marriage” has been legalized.
“Florida, we’ve had ample warning. To prevent similar travesties from coming to this state, we need to get ready. We need to vote yes on Amendment 2,” Staver said.