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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260215
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,880,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judicial tyranny is enshrining "gay marriage" as law.

For all of recorded history, marriage has meant the uniting of a man and a woman for purposes of raising a family. That's a bedrock American value, and bedrock American law-and has been for the entire history of our country.

But now liberal judges are cooperating with homosexual activists to overturn existing law on marriage, to deny the power of elected legislatures to regulate marriage, and to forbid the will of the people on defining marriage.

That's an outrage. But the American silent majority doesn't know what to do about it. But, finally, in this crucially important new book-Outrage: How Gay Activists and Liberal Judges are Trashing Democracy to Redefine Marriage-Peter Sprigg, director of the Center for Marriage and Family Studies at the Family Research Council, makes sense of the debate over same-sex "marriage" and shows what needs to be done to preserve the most important institution we have, the traditional "natural" family.

Along the way, he demolishes stereotypes, showing why homosexual marriage should be opposed (and often is) by libertarians, Democrats, and even homosexuals themselves.

In Outrage, Sprigg reveals:

* Who started and aggressively pursues the "culture war"-not conservatives, who are continually playing defense, but homosexual activists and radical judges
* Why same-sex marriage is not a "civil right"
* Why marriage is part of civil law in the first place
* The shocking medical and scientific data on homosexual behavior
* How federal and state law has acted in the past to preserve traditional marriage (including requiring Utah to ban polygamy in exchange for statehood)
* How children could pay the price for "gay marriage"
* Why religion-that is, morality-has a legitimate role in the debate
* Why a constitutional amendment is necessary

Sprigg argues that the U.S. Constitution will be amended-either by the U.S. Supreme Court to require homosexual marriage or by the people to forbid it. Only the passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment can preserve and protect our most basic social institution-the marriage of a man and a woman-and push back the judicial tyranny that is trying to undo the will of the people.

Outrage is required reading on the most important domestic issue of our time.

About the Author

Peter S. Sprigg was appointed as the first director of FRC's Center for Marriage and Family Studies in April 2003, having served as senior director of Culture Studies for two years. His opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Time, the Washington Times, the Christian Research Journal, and Brill's Content. Sprigg has been interviewed or participated in debates on a number of major television programs, including NBC's Nightly News and Today show, ABC World News Tonight, CNN's Talk Back Live and Crossfire and FOX News Channel's Special Report with Brit Hume, Hannity and Colmes, and The O'Reilly Factor. Sprigg resides in Maryland with his wife and son.

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Or perhaps God is teaching you a lesson and didn't will you and your kind to win?
R. Eichenlaub
The conservative right in America, usually religious, does not support homosexuals because the bible tells them that homosexuals are immoral.
Katneko
In fact, the fundamental premise of the book seems strange and it is hard to see where the author is coming from.
Michael D. Silverman

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48 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Ingram on September 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a heterosexual woman married to a white heterosexual man. I am the epitomy of everything "decent" the right wing holds dear. The only man I have ever slept with is my husband. I was married loooong before our son was born. I live in the South, I am a Catholic, and my parents have been married almost fifty years. I am the woman married to the man this author and all the Christian right want to protect and I am asking you to please knock it off already! I don't care if two men or two women want to be married. I don't give a damn. My life and my marriage are NOT in dire peril because of this. Good Lord, get a friggin' life and knock off the crap already. Anybody who wants to buy this book, listen up: If you want to be a real Christian, donate that money to a hospice instead. Idiots.
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42 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Silverman on August 24, 2004
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This book is a fairly comprehensive overview of the conservative Christian viewpoint towards same-sex marriage. The book appears to be written for the "true believer" who is already opposed to same sex marriage (SSM) and wants a convenient digest of the standard arguments against it. If you are looking for an impartial guide to SSM, this book will not be of any help. The author in very biased against gay people, and this comes through in the writing. Not that I expect perfect objectivity from an ideological tome, but still the outright animus towards homosexuals shown in this book makes it hard to take any of the arguments seriously. Furthermore, the author often uses selective out-of-context quotations, citations from questionable sources and his analysis often falls victim to logical fallacies.

In fact, the fundamental premise of the book seems strange and it is hard to see where the author is coming from. He seems to assume that his readers have never met a real live gay person, and that gay people are some strange alien menace which has been attacking marriage the United States like some kind of invaders from space. There is almost no context in this book to what is actually going on in America; even thoughtful people who are opposed to SSM may find themselves wishing for a less hysterical spokesman.

If you are looking for a fair and balanced book which analyzes same-sex marriage, this is not the volume you want.
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24 of 38 people found the following review helpful By C. ANZIULEWICZ on September 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In all of Peter Sprigg's wailing and gnashing of teeth over the prospect of Gay couples getting married, there was something missing: A willingness to compromise, even a willingness to understand why this issue is important to Gay Americans.

There is admittedly some disagreement within the Gay community over what's more important, the word "marriage" or the benefits and responsibilities that are connected with it. As someone who prides himself as being nothing if not diplomatic, I would take simple legal equality under the law, even if the operative term is "civil unions." If Sprigg simply wishes to reserve the term "marriage" for heterosexual couples, he can have it, as long as Gay couples are treated fairly.

Here's an example of how the current system is not fair:

This past June 29 my partner, Greg, and I celebrated five years together, which is longer than most heterosexual marriages last. We made a solemn commitment to each other's well-being, and as law-abiding, taxpaying citizens, we have contributed our fair share into Social Security.

Last year I contacted the Social Security Administration (SSA) to see if there was any paperwork or other arrangements I could make to designate Greg for survivorship benefits in the event of my untimely death. I was told I was unable to do, since we are not married.

More recently I visited the SSA Web site and did some calculations concerning what survivorship benefits my spouse might be entitled to. Assuming I did the calculations correctly, I found out my married spouse would be eligible for over $800 per month (after retirement) in the event of my death.

I think anyone would agree that $800 per month is a pretty hefty chunk of change.
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29 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Frank on September 21, 2004
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I am a happily married father of two. Despite Sprigg's hateful diatribe, I do not understand how gay people getting married is supposed to affect my union one way or another. Will I suddenly stop loving my wife? Will my commitment to her suddenly vanish? No. This book just tries to scare people into fearing gay marriage by predicting all these horrible outcomes that are pretty far fetched.

I hope my kids create a better world where bigots like this are laughed at and ignored. That's why I send them to good schools.
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This book was written by someone who has failed as a writer and intelligent human being.
All evidence is discarded and ignored completely.
I do, however, feel that it is the sincere rantings of a man who's very angry about something, yet chooses a topic (ignoring the awful hyperbole of its pages). The gays are a scapegoat here for so many ills and threats, frankly it's an amazing feat that the same people who are so vehemently against same-sex love missed the whole point of the Son of God's message.

I really do hope that you all find yourselves in better lives that may release you from the bondage of your own obsessive making with hate and fear. The air is much better out here, and the horizon open and magnificent.
This country was not started with these ideals, and I'm proud to be here now while civil liberties issues are being resolved. We'll win.
We are wining.
And your children will be ashamed of your opinions because the truth eventually wins. And things are decided. Or perhaps God is teaching you a lesson and didn't will you and your kind to win?

Live and learn my brothers and sisters!
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