Ruth Institute is defunct.Ruth Institute has not existed as an entity since 2011 (it has filed a termination with the IRS). Ruth ceased operations with less than $3,000 in assets. Perhaps that’s because of emails like this one, addressed to me as “[[First Name]].” Ms. Morse is on the payroll of National Organization for Marriage and works for NOM out of her home in the San Diego area. My friend Jeremy Hooper tells me that Ruth is a DBA of NOM Education Fund.

It Takes a Family (“ITAF”) is actually a book by Rick Santorum. The title was a response to the 1996 book It Takes a Village by then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. This is an annual “event” that NOM puts on. It is marketed towards young adults. The event has a clear agenda given that National Organization for Marriage only exists to oppose marriage equality for gays and lesbians. Gay people seem to consume much of the discussion at ITAF.

Presenters include:

  • Bill Duncan: A conservative lawyer who teaches at Brigham Young University. He heads the Marriage Law Foundation, a small non-profit with a budget of $100,000 per year. Duncan’s amicus brief in the Proposition 8 case is premised primarily on  international precedent which, he concedes is irrelevant to the US Constitution.
  • Robert Gagnon, an associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Gagnon is his own hate group. Gagnon claims, among other things, that gay men have a propensity for being pedophiles to “recruit” homosexuals into the fold. He is speaking out of his ass on topics other than theology.
  • Mark Regnerus, associate
    professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin: Regnerus did a study, designed in part and funded by an Opus Dei organization that has overlapping founders and directors with National Organization for Marriage. The conflicts of interest are obvious. At first Regnerus claimed that he proved that gays are not good parents. Then he said that his study didn’t say that. Only two of 2,500 participants were actually raised by a gay couple. The other 99.9% of participants were the product of traditional marriage where one spouse cheated on the other with a same-sex partner. I don’t know what this work really means but another sociologist in the prestigious Chronicle of Higher Education claimed it is “bullshit.”

Fun group. And if that isn’t enough to get you revved up to oppose all things gay, there’s Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the now non-existent Ruth Institute. Morse claims that “the parallels” between Nazi Germany and contemporary
America “are really quite chilling” and what happened in Nazi Germany “is happening to us.” (0:18-0:35). She claims that if same-sex marriage becomes legal, “Fathers will be marginalized. They will be considered non-essential.” Morse creates her own reality; Despite polls that prove otherwise, she says that Catholics don’t really “accept the category of gayness.” (0:38-0:45). Morse’s bottom line is that being gay is a “completely shameless activity.” (0:20-0:27)

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.