Minnesota for Marriage hires communications director from Minnesota Family Council
Chuck Darrell, who previously served as communications director of the Minnesota Family Council, will head the media efforts of Minnesota for Marriage, a coalition of conservative Christian groups that are working to convince voters to back a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
“We are very fortunate to have a seasoned, skilled communications professional such as Chuck Darrell join our campaign,” John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage, said in a statement. Helmberger is also the CEO of the Minnesota Family Council. “Chuck is a dedicated pro-family media advocate who has worked for years in support of preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Darrell said he was honored to join the campaign: “Marriage is the foundation of the family and the backbone of society itself. I look forward to working with reporters, columnists, bloggers and editorial writers, as well as with our many campaign supporters to communicate all the reasons why preserving marriage is in the public good.”
Minnesota for Marriage is a coalition of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Family Council and the DC-based National Organization for Marriage.
During Darrell’s tenure with the Minnesota Family Council, the group has called for the amendment to ban same-sex marriage in order to prevent couples from getting domestic partner benefits.
The group also opposed anti-bullying measures meant to protect LGBT students.
“The recent effort to pass anti-bullying legislation is a trap designed to indoctrinate school children to accept same-sex marriage and unhealthy sexual behavior—all under the guise of anti-bullying,” Darrell wrote on the group’s blog. “The trap ingeniously creates the false impression that those who oppose anti-bullying legislation (namely Christians) are themselves homophobic bullies. Nonsense.”
Darrell added, “In fact, Christ provided us with the best example of handling bullies without condoning unhealthy sexual behavior—and Christian children should be demonstrating that example in their public schools.”
Darrell once wrote that children of same-sex couples are the victims of their parents.
“Supporters of same-sex marriage rhetorically to ask, “How will same-sex marriage threaten your marriage?” Darrell said. “It won’t. Duh. It’s an argument designed to confuse and hide the real victims of same-sex marriage—children.”
Darrell called efforts to allow same-sex couples to have hospital visitation “special emergency room privileges.”
Darrell has argued that being “born” a homosexual is no excuse for the legalization of gay marriage.
“I say this because when it comes to sex, most men agree being born any certain way doesn’t mean you should act as such,” Darrell wrote. “And God help us should the male sex drive be allowed to further stalk the definition of marriage.”
He’s also penned blog posts that oppose laws that prevent employers from firing LGBT people because of their sexual orientation.