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Why Is Gary Randall Really Opposing Gay Rights?

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GARY RANDALL Spreading his message to raise money from bigots since 1993.

If you ask pastor Gary Randall, 69, to explain what harm gay marriage would cause society, he can't give you a straight answer. "You caught me with three pencils, a yellow pad, and a laptop in front of me right now," he says—a week after being asked the same question. "I will be writing something on that specific issue," he promises.

Randall's inability to immediately justify his antipathy toward gay marriage is rather odd, considering he's president of Faith and Freedom, a collection of two nonprofits and a political action committee that has focused on opposing same-sex marriage in Washington since 1993. Any day now, Randall will use the group to file a referendum that will attempt to repeal, via statewide vote, the domestic-partnership bill that passed in the state legislature on April 15 and that's set to extend every state-granted right of marriage to registered same-sex partners as soon as Governor Gregoire signs it.

Randall equates the new domestic-partnership gains to same-sex marriage, which, when pressed, he says could negatively impact child rearing (though he couldn't explain how) and embolden polygamists (though he couldn't explain how). From this fuzzy ideological foundation, Faith and Freedom plans to launch a drive to gather 120,577 voter signatures by late July in order to qualify its referendum for the November ballot. This will be accomplished in part by employing signature gatherers, and thus could require Randall to raise over $100,000. The group's tax-deductible 501(c)(3) wing, the Faith and Freedom Foundation, has already sent fundraising e-mails to support a referendum. There, in the campaign's fundraising potential, is perhaps Randall's main incentive to oppose domestic partnerships.

"I believe this is simply a fundraising machine," says state senator Ed Murray, prime sponsor of the domestic-partnership bill.

This isn't the first time Faith and Freedom has raised money by opposing Murray's legislation. After Murray spearheaded the passage of antidiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, and transgender people in 2006, the group supported a referendum to repeal the bill, filed by Tim Eyman, that ultimately failed to collect enough signatures. Nevertheless, IRS records from that year show that the Faith and Freedom Foundation raised $147,267 and spent $61,133 on paying for fundraising—a whopping 42 percent of its income, which is an unusually high amount. The next year, the group spent 58 percent of its budget on fundraising. Tax records from 2005 to 2007 show that, on average, the group spent under 30 percent of its budget on program goals. Where does the money go?

"I don't get paid a salary," says Randall.

But IRS filings show the Faith and Freedom Foundation paid Randall $53,877 in compensation in 2006 for an average of only 15 hours of work a week. Asked to explain this, Randall said he doesn't draw a salary from the Faith and Freedom Network but does draw one from the Faith and Freedom Foundation. However, this distinction is purely technical—Randall was the president of both organizations in 2006.

Simply filing the paperwork for a referendum would block the measure from taking effect until the petition deadline in late July, delaying the extension of domestic-partner rights such as being able to use sick leave from work to care for a partner or share health insurance plans. If the measure qualifies for the general election, the bill (and those rights) would remain in limbo until the November vote.

"If the Faith and Freedom Network really cared about the families, they would try to strengthen them by working to help provide basic services to all families, not by trying to take away basic rights from gay and lesbian families," says Josh Friedes, a spokesman for Equal Rights Washington, which supported the domestic-partnership bill.

Polling released by the University of Washington last October shows 66 percent of state voters support either full marriage equality or all the rights of marriage for same-sex couples. This leads one to the conclusion that more than stopping the bill, which is a long shot, Randall is primarily interested in funding his group—even if it means a gay man can't leave work to care for his sick partner while this no-chance referendum runs its course.

However, Randall insists the referendum will pass. He paid for his own poll, conducted by Elway Research, which asked only one question; he wouldn't divulge what that question was. No doubt Faith and Freedom will use and misrepresent this poll's results to argue the referendum will pass. Whatever happens, rights for an entire class of people in this state will be delayed for months—all, it seems, so that Randall can have another banner year of fundraising.recommended

 

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Excellent write-up! I'm glad the truth about Gary is finally getting out there.
Posted by Lurleen on April 22, 2009 at 2:18 PM · Report this
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wait - really? This is your report? That was your conclusion? I have no doubts that this guy is a serious jerk-off. But making incredibly vague, unverifiable and unfounded claims about a political activist is not a proof.
Posted by j on April 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM · Report this
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Parasite pastor - is there any other kind?
Posted by Winner on April 22, 2009 at 4:41 PM · Report this
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Dominic, how the hell do I send you an email? I can't find one on this site?
Posted by Jack Ryan on April 22, 2009 at 6:16 PM · Report this
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@ Jack Ryan: It's dominic@thestranger.com

Posted by Dominic Holden on April 22, 2009 at 6:26 PM · Report this
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Nice piece. And the guy is a dipshit. :)
Posted by BombasticMo on April 23, 2009 at 1:52 AM · Report this
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Wait, so why are we not supporting this guy with every fiber of our being? I think it's a win-win; he gets rich, we get money from opponents of gay marriage to go down the drain.
Posted by gabjoh on April 23, 2009 at 7:58 AM · Report this
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My thoughts exactly gabjoh, this guy's awesome. Makes me want to start my own 'Defense of Marriage' foundation.
Posted by EveryMoe on April 23, 2009 at 9:46 AM · Report this
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It's even better that the guy's age is "69".
Posted by alaskanguy on April 23, 2009 at 1:36 PM · Report this
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I know this is somewhat off-topic but why doesn't Washington have gay marriage? It seems to me like one of the most liberal states out there and if 66% of voters support marriage equality why hasn't it gone the way of Massachusetts( where I live), Vermont, Conneticuit and Iowa. I mean,Iowa for heaven's sakes. It just doesn't make any sense to me.
Posted by queerconfused on April 24, 2009 at 7:38 AM · Report this
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I'm not sure I buy that 66% of us are in favor of gay marriage. Seattle is liberal, but let's not forget that half of Washington is made up of conservative suburbian republicans. We very nearly voted in Dino Rossi. Twice. The day that legalized gay marriage is a reality in Washington state will be the best day of my life, but unfortunatly there are too many followers of bigoted, greedy, "religious" snakes like this guy. I think we all have to be very patient.
Posted by booboobadoo on April 24, 2009 at 11:17 AM · Report this
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@queerconfused: because five of our nine elected supreme court judges are worthless chickenshits.
Posted by gay dad on April 24, 2009 at 11:41 AM · Report this
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When our supreme court said that the state DOMA was constitutional it meant the legislature would have to both rescind DOMA and change the pre-existing RCW defining it as a man and wife.

Takes a bit more bravery than politicians naturally have. I predict it won't happen until there is a winning voter initiative on the issue.
Posted by BobVB on April 24, 2009 at 2:43 PM · Report this
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You should have asked him why he's opposed to "Marriage Equality". THAT would have been the far more interesting question. Given the fact that no state has passed a "Gay Marriage" law, nor has any state Supreme Court opened "Gay Marriage" to all state citizens.

qyeerconfused, WA does not have civil marriage equality because two things have taken place here. One the law makers defined civil marriage as one man one woman. And the Supreme Court of WA said marriage is for the purpose of making babies and since Gay citizens don't as a rule make babies they there for can not get married.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on April 24, 2009 at 7:20 PM · Report this
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If they want an initiative, they need signatures. What about sending a couple dozen people to counter their signature gatherers at every time and location they try to gather signatures? Annoy the hell out of them and make the counterargument to the people they stop right then and there. That way we don't have to wait for an initiative to get on the ballot and more money starts to pour in from the confident right wing bastards.
Posted by Lonnie on April 24, 2009 at 10:50 PM · Report this
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Christians should not ever be supporting fear and scapegoating. Apparently it is making Gary a lot of money, unfortunately. Thank you for getting this information out there. The Truth Wins Out. Yes that was tongue in cheek, for those that got it. ;-)
Posted by Lance Bergstrom on April 24, 2009 at 11:36 PM · Report this
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At the moment, I don't want to marry my girlfriend, she's annoying the hell out of me.
Posted by justagirl on April 25, 2009 at 9:57 AM · Report this
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Keep up the good work Gary!
Posted by For Gary on April 25, 2009 at 12:37 PM · Report this
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@queerconfused, you're mis-reading the numbers. The latest poll shows that 37% of voters support marriage equality and 29% support full legal equality except use of the "m" word. Thus, 66% of voters support what we're getting with the DP Expansion Bill, or better.
Posted by Lurleen on April 25, 2009 at 5:59 PM · Report this
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Glyph of aspects: taking into account the second CD after COH 6 Glyph of income greatly reduced, SO, star carved into the sacred text, X after the burst on 2300 +, 965 of the mana consumption is slightly higher than eve isk.
Posted by darkfall gol on April 26, 2009 at 1:11 AM · Report this
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What a fantastic account of reality. This man clearly is the face of evil.
Posted by Joe on April 26, 2009 at 9:41 AM · Report this
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Iowa has gay marriage, California doesn't. I don't think "liberal" has anything to do with it. Go figure.
Posted by onion on April 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM · Report this
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Iowa is pretty liberal. I think it is because of a quadrennial parade of ambitious narcissists telling all of them that government can solve all their problems.
Posted by joe on April 26, 2009 at 6:11 PM · Report this
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If LGBT's want to indulge in the masochistic experience of modern marriage- let em!!
They too should be free to enjoy the conubial bliss of losing half their assets and income to some neurotic, embittered soul just because they supported them financially in exchange for infrequent, grudgingly, ill performed sexual favors and domestic chores.
Posted by q8dhimmi on April 27, 2009 at 7:01 AM · Report this
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I do not know a single person in a circle of dozens of gay men who want to marry.

The marriage thing is a combo of up scale middle class expectations that for some do not change after coming out, or not coming out - and conformity.

I think it is important in the long run to have equality, but, no rush to marry for many gay men.

Above, some of us have no desire for a court fight over the dog and the rocking chair.

I wonder who has the best sex, married or just living together?

Posted by Beau Jones on April 28, 2009 at 3:01 AM · Report this
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Thanks for this expose' on Mr. Randall. Honestly, I never even heard of him before seeing the story on SGN's front page this past weekend. I guess I have much to learn about the movers and shakers in this state (whether I like them or not), because they still wield power and influence that could affect my life and that of many others as well.
Posted by Timotito on April 28, 2009 at 10:19 PM · Report this
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@ all the God-hating, atheistic, pagan whatever you like to call yourselves: Christianity is NOT the problem. The problem is how some people live their Christianity and how people do or don't interpret the Bible. I'm a Christian man who happens to be gay. Yet, even I believed for most of my life, til late in my 30s, that homosexuality was wrong and that I needed to be a good, faithful hetero to be pleasing to God and acceptable to my friends & peers. I eventually realized this is not true. But I have not stopped believing in Jesus Christ or the Bible. I just happen to have a radically different view on things than I did, say, 10+ yrs ago. And in my opinion, without knowing anything about this Randall guy before now, I'd say that he gives Christianity a bad name and causes others to despise Christ and Christians. But that's ok cuz the God I believe in and serve is more than capable to handle all of us and still love us. And He is also more than capable of overcoming the doubts and criticisms of those who don't believe. So please stop bashing Randall simply because he's a Christian, and PLEASE stop lumping all Christians in the same boiling pot. We are NOT all the same. (FYI: some of your own favorite liberal pols - including our wonderful President Obama - also identify as born-again, church-going Christians, but with a much different perspective on life than this guy has!)
Posted by Timotito on April 28, 2009 at 10:41 PM · Report this
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@ queerconfused. All of the states you mentioned which have the freedom to marry initially got it through a state supreme court ruling, even if it was later reinforced through other means. WA state supreme court has already ruled against the freedom to marry, so we need to pursue it here through other means
Posted by queerspawn1 on April 29, 2009 at 9:46 AM · Report this
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If I beat this goob to filing the paperwork for a referendum, wouldn't that shut him out of filing? Or would the state allow multiple groups to seek a referendum on the same law?

Let's say that the state allows only one referendum on the law at a time. If was first to the punch, and then I then made absolutely no effort to gather any signatures at all, would the referendum fail to qualify for the November ballot and therefore go away automatically as of July?
Posted by coolpapa on April 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM · Report this
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1. Government ALLOWS its citizens to vote AGAINST a minority's due civil rights.

2. Without these rights, horrible suffering often happens, and why not? Everyone else seems to need these rights civil rights, so why NOT us?

3. So now a vote leads DIRECTLY to suffering. To OUR suffering.

So when is it "fighting hate with hate" and when is it SELF-DEFENSE? Is it COUNTER-terrorism?
Posted by Queer Equality Revolution http://gaytaxprotest.blogspot.com/ on May 4, 2009 at 7:27 PM · Report this
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PS - Am I the only one in WA state who wants to do MUCH MORE than just march/petition/donate if our state experiences a PROP-8-type DEBACLE? Civil Disobedience? Express JUSTIFIED anger in the streets? A QUEER REVOLUTION, where we actually MEAN IT when we say, "We're not going to take it anymore"?

Our families DO NOT deserve this ABUSE - this public vote "for" or "against" our family's safety and security - PERIOD. THIS is esp. EVIL, when you look into a child's face; a child with gay or lesbian parents.
Posted by Queer Equality Revolution http://gaytaxprotest.blogspot.com/ on May 4, 2009 at 9:56 PM · Report this
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why dont you guys wear the correct label of "Sodomite" and be honest about your goals and agenda ? In previous civilizations you sided with the "child sacrificers" under a "Religious label" but this time you and the babykillers do not, yet you have the same goals as in the days of Babylon and other times in history. Your attacks against the traditional Family by using the Christian Institution of Marriage-began by God-for purely financial gain is an Abomination , as is your Lifestyle--Yet I do not worry as God will cast all of you into Tartarus(The Lake of Fire) along with the author of your abominable lifestyle--Satan-your Father of Iniquity.Your time is short to Repent and come to Jesus Christ -Lord and Savior--before the Rapture !!! JRandolf
Posted by james randolf on August 11, 2009 at 11:21 PM · Report this
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SODOMITES SHOULD NOT BE WELCOME IN OUR SOCIETY-ACCESS TO OUR CHILDREN-AND WE ARE TIRED OF LAWMAKERS WHO CATER TO THEM WITH BILLS CONTRARY TO THE BELIEFS OF 97% OF THE POPULATION OUT OF FEAR !WITHOUT A VOTE OF ' WE THE PEOPLE'-WHY ARE THEY SCARED OF A VOTE ? IT IS THE DEMOCRATIC WAY AFTER ALL ? WE DO NOT WANT AMERICA TO BECOME ANOTHER SODOM OR TO BE JUDGED BY GOD !!!THEY CAN RECEIVE ALL OF THE RIGHTS THEY FALSELY CLAIM THROUGH CIVIL UNIONS- "MARRIAGE IS A CHRISTIAN INSTITUTION " BEGAN BY GOD AND THE ANSWER IS "NO"--THE RESULT WILL BE ONE THAT NOONE WILL LIKE I AM SURE !!!
Posted by recon on September 11, 2009 at 2:46 PM · Report this
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@ the two high-school dropouts above me:

1) Marriage might be a Christian institution, but it is not an *exclusively* Christian institution. The Chinese are not Christian, and have had marriage for longer than Christianity has been around.

2) We have separation of church and state in the U.S. Therefore if marriage were indeed a Christian institution as you claim, then such an institution could not be formally recognized by the state.

And recon, especially: dude, the capslock key IS RIGHT FUCKING THERE. Turn it off already. Typing in all-caps makes you seem even more like a moron.

As an aside, I attended church under Gary Randall in Portland when I was a kid (an AOG church he later gutted and sold to the Baptists up the street to help fund his personal following). The guy is phony from his Italian leather shoes to the top of his turtle-waxed head.

Posted by Cliff Wells on November 15, 2009 at 4:17 PM · Report this
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Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift... how to write a resume
Posted by how to write a resume on September 5, 2011 at 10:02 PM · Report this
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@33 .... you really are an idiot, learn how to learn, please, you embarrass our species.

To the article, well, it seems that in this instance democracy is working, since a majority disagree with the pastor in this case (good, bad, to me it's neither). The problem is that you can't go against the majority, even in something like this, otherwise you take the power of democracy away. The easiest way to combat such idiotic beliefs is with education, as we can see it's working as a few decades ago most people across the country would have sided with the idiotic pastor just because, but now people see his lack of knowledge and many choose to think on their own. The thinking on their own they sometimes still come to an opposing view to yours, but that's the irony of education, unless there is hard fact to counter an idea, it won't stop being popular, just less popular if people choose to follow a very simple "live and let live" rule.
Posted by KittenKoder http://digitalnoisegraffiti.com/ on September 5, 2011 at 11:55 PM · Report this
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@32 and @33: You pretend to care about God's immutable and almighty word as presented to us in the Holy Bible, yet I would wager all the wealth of Solomon that you FLOUT God's clear instructions in Deuteronomy 22:11 and daily commit ABOMINATIONS UNTO THE LORD every time you dress in the morning. God is not interested in that pathetic "mistranslation" excuse or your pastor's ignorance of Almighty God's explicit commandments unto mankind. Repent, and submit to His rule, or YOU WILL BE JUDGED AND CAST INTO THE PIT OF HELLFIRE.
Posted by maddogm13 on September 7, 2011 at 4:37 PM · Report this
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Also, Sodomite's cannot exist today, Sodom was destroyed, remember?
Posted by KittenKoder http://digitalnoisegraffiti.com/ on September 7, 2011 at 10:46 PM · Report this

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