Pointing to the love Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro had for his
victims, Christian conservative Sandy Rios on Friday said that love
is not a good enough reason to allow gay and lesbian couples to
The American Family Association (AFA) radio talk show host made
her comments in the course of interviewing Chicago pastor Erwin
Lutzer, an opponent of gay marriage.
Lutzer suggested that legalizing gay nuptials would lead to an
increase in crime.
“We have such crime here in Chicago. Young people being
slaughtered every night. We wake up in the morning and there's been
another murder, another teenager has been killed,” Lutzer
said, supposedly quoting African-American opponents of marriage
equality. “And they said in the midst of a society that is so
desperate and so high-crime ridden, do we really now need laid upon
this the destruction of the family and the destruction of marriage?”
Lutzer and Rios agreed that allowing gay couples to marry because
they love each other is wrong. Lutzer claimed that even pedophiles
believe that they “love” the children they abuse. Rios agreed,
adding that Ariel Castro said that he loved his victims, three women
he kidnapped off the streets of Cleveland, Ohio and kept in his
boarded-up house for a decade.