Dustin Kight

The Dads Focus on the Family Doesn't Want You to Know About

Filed By Dustin Kight | June 12, 2008 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Family Equality Council, Father's Day, Focus on the Family, Super Dads, TiVo

As of 6:57pm Wednesday afternoon, 751 people have signed our petition telling TiVo to apologize to LGBTQ families and their supporters and to sever their ties with hate group Focus on the Family. And to think we only found out about TiVo's unsavory partnership with Focus on the Family a week ago tomorrow. Turns out nobody wants their DVR to do business with a hate group.

Meanwhile, Family Equality Council and others have also encouraged people with LGBTQ dads in their lives to nominate them in Focus on the Family's "Super Dad" (scratch that -- "Super Discriminatory") contest anyway! Big shocker, Focus on the Family doesn't want LGBTQ dads in the running -- they've been screening all of our nominations out.

As we continue to pressure TiVo to step up and do the right thing, we want to also feature the folks who take the time and the emotional leap to submit their nominations on the Focus on the Family site, despite now knowing that Focus will leave them out.

A link to our new Super Dads site after the jump.

The Family Equality Council proudly presents:

Click the image to your left to direct yourself to the nominations we've received so far. If you want to submit a nomination, follow the instructions on our site. We are only taking nominations that have also been submitted to Focus on the Family, as the purpose of this page is to honor those nominations which are being disappeared by Focus on the Family.

We still need as many signatures as we can get on our petition. Click here to sign it and tell your friends.

Nobody has business doing business with a hate group.

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Gerri Ladene | June 12, 2008 12:32 PM

Always happy to sign Care2 petitions they've had me on their snail mail list for some time. I was a little disappointed that when I went to enter a comment it sent me right to the SIGN page. Guess they know what a big mouth I have at times, LOL!

Gerri Ladene | June 12, 2008 1:43 PM

Taking things just a step further, I submitted the following to "Focus on the Family". Yes I do like to write these groups, too!

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to associate, express opinions, and practice religion free from unnecessary government intrusion. Additionally, the United States Supreme Court recognizes that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment promises individuals that, “there is a realm of personal liberty which the government may not enter.” (Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833, 847 (1992)) Together, these freedoms allow individuals to define the contours of their personal relationships and freely express their religious beliefs, as long as they do not harm the state or other persons.

So, when American working Fathers are being discriminated against because of their sexual or gender orientation, which does not make them any less loving, patriotic nor lessens their belief in God, a prejudice is being committed and harming said Fathers. This harm is pointedly aimed at the children who are submitting their adoration for their own Fathers and being omitted! Is this how one focus’s on Family?

I signed!

(But I have to say I wish it wasn't Care2.com. They just will not stop e-mailing me even though I've asked them not to contact me. No matter what, they just won't stop.

Thanks for organizing this Dustin!

The right-wing has always ignored (or worse) gay fathers. The "fatherhood movement" decried the lack of involved fathers in the mid 1990's and blamed FEMINISM for expecting men to be too androgynous and for supporting women having children without husbands. Gay fathers turn their claims into bogus propaganda by showing that men can care for children and don't need the incentive of patriarchy to stick around.

When I first read about this I found a place to leave a comment on TiVo's website. It was in the "comments about service" section. I headlined it "Your relationship with extremist discriminatory groups" and went on to tell them I don't *have* to buy your service and extra programming (which they're always trying to sell).

No reply, but maybe other TiVo subscribers would like to complain about their unsatisfactory service.