|Jennifer Roback Morse, head of the National|
Organization for Marriage's Ruth Institute
While taking care not to speak for his dead brother, Eddie Payton distanced the family from the Ruth Institute, saying "Walter treated everybody equal."
The Bears said: " Neither was a club donation, nor do they represent the team's view on any social issues. Any remarks stating otherwise are false."
Roback wouldn't comment to the Chicago Tribune, and wouldn't disclose how she acquired the items.
Later her website backpedaled: "The Ruth Institute is not working with the Chicago Bears organization or any of its players past or present to promote our upcoming auction. The memorabilia we are auctioning off was acquired by me personally, not through the team or players. We understand that the Chicago Bears organization takes no position on social issues, and we regret any confusion we may have caused on this point."
Equality Matters first raised the issue of the Morse promotion and added
Last year, an Equality Matters undercover investigation revealed that NOM’s ITAF conference was peddling damaging anti-gay misinformation to attendees, including:
The conference also featured Robert Gagnon, a theologian who promotes “ex-gay” therapy and recently compared gay-straight alliances to Nazi skinhead groups. Gagnon’s book, which claims that gay people are “worthy of death,” was also on sale at the conference.
- Same-sex parents are more likely to molest their children than heterosexual parents
- Children raised by gay parents are more likely to identify as gay
- Homosexuality is a sin akin to polygamy or incest
- Same-sex relationships are “dysfunctional” and “inherently unstable”
Gagnon is already slated to speak at this year’s conference.