Speaking to televangelist Andrew Wommack on his show, The Gospel Truth, Dobson lamented that the entire culture has changed, based on the June 26, 2015 decision by the United States Supreme Court that granted marriage equality to all citizens in all 50 states. “I had a black cloud over me after June 26th,” Dobson stated.
”About three days later,” he continued, “I was lying in bed […] and I was contemplating this foreboding, this black cloud, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. […] That decision is not really about gay marriage; it’s not, it’s about everything else. It’s about the entire culture war.” Dobson proceeded to list institutions that he felt were effected by the marriage equality decision: public schools, universities, the economy, business, the military, and medicine. But, truly, in his opinion, “It’s about everything.”
And worse still, in Dobson’s opinion, “we [the anti-gay conservative evangelical Christian community] lost the entire culture war with that one decision.”
Dobson admitting defeat is, perhaps, a landmark for the LGBTQ community. We can hope that if well-known public figures, like himself, feel that campaigning their homophobic messages are fruitless, then maybe there will be less hateful rhetoric towards LGBTQ people.
Currently, however, Focus on the Family’s website is still up and running. And under their “Social Issues” section, they continue to prominently offer their free brochure entitled “When A Loved One Says ‘I’m Gay’: A Guide For Parents.” The description of this “guide” presents the scenario it’s intended to address: “You’ve seen the culture rapidly shifting on the issue of homosexuality. But what do you do when homosexuality hits home?” And while the brochure encourages you to still love your children, they also say parents must “hold to truth,” with truth being that identifying as LGBTQ is unacceptable, un-Christian, and will lead to damnation.
The culture is, though, as Dobson acknowledges, shifting. His view will die out, and LGBTQ people will continue to gain full equality and civil rights. Dobson and I, oddly enough, are both envisioning the same future.
Gwen is a writer who has an education degree, a social work background, an extensive knowledge of vegetables, and a devotion to queer revolutionary politics. She lives deep in the woods of Maine with two dogs, a magnificent partner, and an ever-growing collection of plants.