After more than two decades of crusading against men who are not attracted to women, Focus on the Family, the Christian evangelical broadcast and publishing powerhouse founded by disgraced child development researcher James Dobson in 1977, has raised a white flag in its war on gays. So suggesteth Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, interviewed in the June issue of the Christian mag World:
[World]: We're winning the younger generation on abortion, at least in theory. What about same-sex marriage?
[Daly]: We're losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don't know if that's going to change with a little more age—demographers would say probably not. We've probably lost that. I don't want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.
[World]: What's the current perception of gay activists about Christian marriage?
[Daly]: I sat down with one. He said, "You guys haven't done so well with marriage. Why are you upset about us having a try?" We've got to look at our own house, make sure that our marriages are healthy, that we're being a good witness to the world. Then we can continue to work on defending marriage as best as we can.
Note that Daly says "I don't want to be extremist" before suggesting that Focus on the Family should back-burner the war on gays.