LGBT Activist: It’s a “no‑brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist”

A 2012 speech by a gay marriage activist has gone viral, with many pointing out an idea that some have believed is at the core of the activist movement to get gay marriage legalized at the federal level. On radio, Glenn played the audio of Masha Gessen claiming that the fight for gay marriage is about redefining the traditional family and that it's a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. Glenn played the shocking audio on radio this morning.

"In a speech just given by Masha Gessen, she is an author and outspoken activist for the LGBT community. She says that many supporters of traditional marriage, what they have speculated for years, she says that it's true: The push for gay marriage has less to do with the right to marry. She says it's about diminishing and eventually destroying the institution of marriage and redefining the traditional family," Glenn said.

In her speech, Gessen told the crowd:

I agree, it's a no‑brainer that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it's a no‑brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.

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That causes my brain some trouble, and part of it why it causes me trouble is because fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we're going to do with marriage when we get there, you know, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change and it should change. And again I don't think it should exist. And I don't like taking part in creating fictions about my life. That's sort of not what I had in mind when I came out 30 years ago.

Glenn said that her argument shows the progressive agenda with gay marriage is really about transforming the institution of marriage through the government. He said that once personal conscious and faith are replaced by a collective conscious through the government, it will no longer be acceptable for churches to only define marriage as between a man and a woman.

"Once the State says 'This is the way it goes,' that's the way it's going to go," Glenn said.

He also said that this story also needs to be looked at in a broader context and beside other major stories in the news today. He specifically pointed out the Romeike family and the comments made by Melissa Harris-Perry as examples of progressives looking to fundamentally transform the definition of family and the role that parents play in their children's lives.

Glenn did say that he had no problem with Gessen and appreciated her honesty.

Glenn gave his own views on gay marriage, which boil down to the idea that anyone can marry anyone they choose. However, he doesn't want his church or any church to be forced to recognize gay marriage if it's inconsistent with their beliefs. He warned that once government defines marriage, faith and churches are taken out of the equation.

"I know where I get the value from my marriage, and I get it from my faith and from my God. It is a contract, a covenant between me and my spouse with God. That's what marriage is," Glenn explained, "The question we should be asking ourselves is why is government defining marriage? Why is government even in the marriage business? It shouldn't be in the marriage business because once it's in the marriage business, then it chooses. And once it chooses, well, now you've got something else going on. Now your church is not going to not be able to marry gay couples."

 

Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

Watch the video clip below or find the full episode here.


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During his campaign, President Joe Biden survived scandal after scandal involving his son Hunter — the Ukraine/Burisma scandal, the laptop scandal, the one involving a stripper from Arkansas and a long-lost child. And yet, after it all appeared to have been swept under the rug, Hunter has now released a memoir — "Beautiful Things."

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed Hunter's "horrible" response when asked on "CBS This Morning" if the laptop seized by the FBI in 2019 belonged to him and reviewed a few segments from his new book, which they agreed raises the question: Is Hunter trying to sabotage his father's career?

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Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

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