Christian conservative Mat Staver has
claimed that President Vladimir Putin's opposition to gay marriage is
keeping President Barack Obama from meeting with his Russian
Staver, who heads Liberty Counsel, made
his comments while speaking to Vic Eliason of VCY America last week.
In praising Putin for “defending
traditional marriage,” Staver criticized Obama.
“Yet we see this president refusing
to meet Vladimir Putin because of this issue,” Staver said. “The
President of the United States refused to meet with the President of
Russia because the president of Russia believes in marriage as one
man and one woman. That is a perverted situation that we have.”
Right Wing Watch's Brian Tashman called
Staver's claim “dishonest.”
“Obama actually canceled a September
summit with Putin over the Edward Snowden asylum controversy,”
wrote. “Further, Putin isn't facing criticism because he
'believes in marriage as one man and one woman,' but because his
government is leading a crackdown on Russia's gay community and
rolling back free speech rights.”
Staver also suggested that the
nationwide availability of marriage equality would lead to the end of
“If you ultimately promoted same-sex
marriage and everyone started to go towards same-sex marriage, what
would happen to society? It would just simply cease to exist.
Moreover, you'd have rampant increase in diseases. Already, you have
rampant increase in diseases among same-sex activities, specifically
men having sex with men. Same-sex marriage, same-sex relationships
is destructive to individuals and it's destructive to our very social
fabric,” Staver claimed.