Radio follow-up on layoffs urges focus on own family

The member-supported Public News Service picked up our story on the Focus on the Family layoffs of 20 percent of its workforce coming right after spending more than a half-million dollars to quash gay couples from marrying and becoming legal families in California.

So far, more than 20 radio stations in Colorado have picked up their report about our report.

Mark Lewis, the Colorado Springs activist and an organizer with CSaction.org, which opposed Proposition 8, had this observation:

“If they’ve got half a million to spend on Prop 8, but then they have to turn around and lay off another 202 people, that sounds like they need to focus on their own family,” Lewis told Public News Service. As he did in our original story, Lewis likened Proposition 8 to Colorado’s Amendment 2, which was also an anti-gay measure that was heavily promoted by Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family.

Amendment 2 passed in 1992 and was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger has declined to discuss the funding priorities that Focus made this fall, including pumping nearly $540,000 and another $83,000 in in-kind contributions into Proposition 8.

Listen to Public News Service’s story: Critics Say Springs Group Should “Focus on Own Family” After Layoffs

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