Presbyterian theologian Robert Gagnon
claims “heterosexual guilt” is in part responsible for increasing
support for marriage equality.
Gagnon appeared on the American Family
Association (AFA) radio program Today's Issues to discuss the
recent decision by the Presbyterian Church to alter its constitution
to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
church to recognize gay marriage in its constitution.)
Host Ed Vitagliano asked Gagnon to
explain the increasing support for gay rights.
Gagnon answered that there were “lots
of factors,” including “heterosexual guilt.”
“A lot of heterosexuals have, you
know, we've not done all that well in some areas of sexual ethics,”
said. “That includes issues of divorce, remarriage, that
includes premarital sex, includes abortion. And if you can give a
pass on the issue of homosexual practice, in effect it's a way of
exempting our own guilt, and it's accommodating in a way that's