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FRC's Peter Sprigg disagrees with Obama's comparison of gay rights to civil rights, says 'homosexuals have all the same civil rights as anyone else'

During his 18-minute inaugural speech on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Barack Obama used the platform of his swearing in ceremony to frame his second-term agenda.

The president also laid out an ambitious vision for the future regarding the advancement of gay rights, tolerance toward illegal immigrants, preserving social welfare programs, and stopping climate change. This morning Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, joins “Starting Point” to weigh in on the inaugural address.

Sprigg says he liked that President Obama began his speech with a quote from the Declaration of Independence, “and was attempting to root it in the principles of our nations founding.” On the other hand, Sprigg says he was not sure Obama “went on to correctly interpret what those principles mean for today.”

Sprigg adds that social conservatives like himself “do not agree with the president’s attempt to link the modern homosexual movement with the women’s right’s movement or the civil rights movement for African-Americans.” He says “homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else – but the fact that all people are created equal as individuals does not mean all sexual behavior is equal or that all personal relationships have an equal value to society at large.”

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  1. Jim Stone

    Being gay is not a choice but being a bigot is. My gaydar is off the charts when I see this guy. Why is it that the most homophobic people out there are closeted gay people? Their internal hatred of themselves is boiling over. I think when they see other gay people that are out and happy they become very angry... Living a lie in a closet is not healthy for the body or the soul.

    February 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. jake

    i am not firmilliar with this person but I am truly grateful that FINALLY someone has the guts to say it. I just wish it was an African American. To equate the Gay Rights movement with Civil Rights is highly, I mean Highly offensive.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Stephen Nolker, MD

    Peter Sprigg does not deserve to have his voice aired on CNN. Why do you continue to legitimize him? He truly has no special voice / insight.
    Does someone who has called for criminal sanctions against LGBT persons deserve more than just a mention of this viewpoint?....does he deserve a television platform?

    January 23, 2013 at 7:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tom-ay

    uh, what? all sexual behavior is not equal? what does he think, that gay marriage is just about sex? last I heard, most married couples are the least sexually active... just saying

    January 23, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Greg

    Why does CNN still have a certified hate group comment on the president? Soledad O'Brien didn't even challenge him when he claimed that gays have the same rights. In 29 states people can be fired or denied housing just for being gay. CNN you disgust me or your lack of journalistic integrity

    January 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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