Annual donations at Focus on the Family, one of the nation's largest groups opposed to gay rights, have plunged $15 million, the Denver Post reported.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based ministry built by James Dobson had a $105 million budget for the fiscal year that ends on September 30, but officials project an estimated shortfall of $10 to $15 million.

The deficit has prompted a new round of layoffs.

The roughly 7 percent staff cut leaves the ministry with 650 employees, less than half the number employed by the group in 2002, when 1,400 people earned a paycheck at the non-profit.

“God has never promised us a certain budget number. We're sad today but not distraught about the future,” Focus Vice President Gary Schneeberger told the paper. “Even in these bad economic times people who care about the ministry gave us more than $90 million. We've been able to help tens of thousands of families with their marriages, raising their kids and walking in their faith. Our commitment to that mission is unabated.”

Focus on the Family has spent millions of those dollars fighting laws that recognize gay and lesbian unions – either marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships – and the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the policy set to expire on Tuesday which bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly. The group has also railed against laws that protect transgender people from discrimination.