Christian conservative Phyllis Schlafly
died on Monday in St. Louis. She was 92.
Schlafly founded the Eagle Forum in
“Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding
70 years in public service of her fellow Americans,” the group said
in a statement. “Her focus from her earliest days until her final
ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building
block of life. She recognized America as the greatest political
embodiment of those values. From military superiority and defense to
immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and
parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice
for common sense and traditional values.”
Schlafly, a self-described housewife,
was known for her staunch opposition to feminism and successful
campaign against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which
sought to guarantee equal rights for women. She also authored nearly
two dozen books and wrote a syndicated weekly column.
A vocal opponent of LGBT rights,
Schlafly claimed last May that the goal of equal marriage rights for
gay and lesbian couples was “to wipe out the Christian religion.”
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality the following
month in Obergefell.