By Tony Perkins
Hollywood has definitely played a supporting role in the effort to redefine marriage. And we aren’t the only ones who have noticed. First Lady Michelle Obama, whose husband’s biggest supporters work in Tinseltown, lavished praise on the entertainment industry for its part in boosting the far-Left agenda on marriage and homosexuality.
“Every day, through the movies and TV shows and ads you all create, you have the power to shape our understanding of the world around us. You challenge our most strongly held beliefs… Just take an issue like gay rights. It wasn’t all that long ago that this was a third-rail kind of issue… It was considered sensitive, even controversial,” she told a group of Hollywood screenwriters on Friday.
Listing off shows like “Will & Grace,” “Modern Family,” and a slew of movies with gay themes, the First Lady credited Hollywood with normalizing this radical redefinition of marriage in society too. And surveys suggest that what she says has some truth to it. The entertainment industry has single-handedly nudged the needle on society’s acceptance of radical sexuality. In 2012, 27% of Americans admitted that television directly impacted their decision to support same-sex “marriage.”
“As my husband said, we’ve seen gay marriage go from a wedge issue into a civil right in states all across the country.” Maybe the First Family has spent too much time in the entertainment bubble, but marriage is still very much a wedge issue — everywhere. State leaders continue to push back against unelected judges and the Obama administration — who are trampling religious liberty and the freedom of speech in their efforts to fundamentally transform America. Unfortunately, those are the stories Hollywood isn’t telling.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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