First Advisor

Ben Anderson-Nathe

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Child and Family Studies and University Honors


Social Work


Focus on the Family (Organization) -- Attitudes, Sexual minorities -- Attitudes, Christianity and politics -- United States




The Gay Rights movement of the United States (U.S.) has made progress in the past few years with the overturning of bans on openly gay service in the military and gay marriage nationwide. Queer identity is being portrayed in more positive ways in the media and becoming an accepted form of identity in many areas of the country. Traditionally many Religious Right Organizations in the U.S. have been opposed to Gay Rights. This research explores the responses of the Conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family (FOTF) to this increasing normalization of queer identity. By analysis of documents on their website this study asks if the messages around queer identity are becoming more accepting. The purpose of this research is to find out if there have been any changes in the tone of messages on gay rights. The study finds that FOTF is not becoming tolerant of queer identity. They have three main responses to this change in national opinion. FOTF claims their religious freedoms are under attack, that there is a radical political agenda around queer identity, and finally the God intends for people to be straight, married and gender conforming.


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