The National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown, at left, this week in Moscow.

The National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown, at left, this week in Moscow.

Resolution Issued By Unofficial World Congress Of Families Conference In Moscow Calls For More Russian-Style Bans On Gay “Propaganda”


CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out today summarily condemned a resolution drafted by participants at the International Family Forum, which concluded today in Moscow, which calls for nations to ban gay “propaganda” and declares war on LGBT people and their families. American religious right figures were strongly represented at the conference, which bore a striking resemblance to the Moscow World Congress Of Families summit originally planned for this week. The text of the resolution, in part, calls upon the United Nations and countries around the world “to uphold the interests of children and to work for the adoption of legislative bans on all types of propaganda concerning homosexual relationships in the environment of children and juveniles and to initiate and support scientific research to study the conditions and prospects of developing a Natural Family, as well as studying the negative social and psychological effects of raising children in same-gender couples.”

“This is a declaration of war against LGBT people and their families,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. “What these groups call ‘propaganda’ is better known in the free world as freedom of speech. Make no mistake:  they are calling for the criminalization of coming out, and of free speech itself.”

The World Congress Of Families originally planned their Moscow summit for this week, but were forced to “suspend” plans after Russian actions against Ukraine became so egregious that it was no longer good public relations for American groups to be seen as supporting the Russian regime. Weeks before the WCF made their decision, American religious right group Concerned Women For America pulled out of the conference on their own, with CEO Penny Nance stating that her group did not “want to appear to be giving aid and comfort to Vladimir Putin.” Just last week, the United States and the European Union decided that the Russian situation is serious enough that it warrants additional economic sanctions, over and above those already placed on many Russian officials, including organizers of the International Family Forum.

Americans participating in the conference included Larry Jacobs and Don Feder of the World Congress Of Families; Brian Brown of the National Organization For Marriage; Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute; and WCF board member Janice Shaw Crouse, who may or may not still represent Concerned Women For America. Right Wing Watch also notes that American representatives from the Christian Broadcasting Network, Personhood USA and Family Watch International were also scheduled to participate. It is not yet certain whether American religious right figures officially signed on to the declaration, though their participation, both as attendees and as featured speakers, signals their support.

Other parts of the resolution declare that LGBT people are at war with the very concept of the “natural family,” and are indeed trying to destroy people’s lives and faith.

“If you are an LGBT person or an ally, these people have declared that your family does not matter,” said Truth Wins Out Associate Director Evan Hurst. “Because you don’t conform to the beliefs espoused by the Judeo-Christian supremacist worldview, you not only don’t matter, but you are the enemy, even if you’re a scared, lonely, closeted LGBT kid with nowhere to turn. The lines have been drawn.”

TWO’s Besen added, “They’re trying to muzzle us. Why? Because they know that when we speak, in love and truth, we win, and they lose. Silencing us is their only hope.”

Truth Wins Out (TWO) is a non-profit organization that works to demolish the very foundation of anti-gay prejudice. Our philosophy is simple: We attack the underpinnings of homophobia by debunking harmful lies, discrediting hateful myths, and countering anti-gay organizations. By chipping away at the underlying ignorance that fuels anti-LGBT attitudes, we can ultimately win our fight for fairness and achieve full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people worldwide.