How Focus on the Family Continues to Flex Its Conservative Muscle

November 2009

Focus on the Family's patriarch James Dobson may have reached the end of an era as he prepares to leave the Colorado Springs-based evangelical media empire's radio show. But the organization still flexes conservative muscle when it comes to the issue of gay marriage. The latest battleground was Maine, where voters reversed a state law earlier this week that allowed same-sex couples to marry, a national trend against gay marriage that includes California, Hawaii, and myriad other states (via The Wall Street Journal). Focus on the Family Action, the organization's political arm, poured in $115,266 to help the coalition support the repeal, according to election records analyzed by the Colorado Springs Gazette. Jenny Tyree, Focus' marriage analyst, credits Focus founder James Dobson with the win, saying his views on traditional marriage still resonate with Americans.