Phil Burress the head the Ohio-based, right wing extremist LGBT hate group the Citizens for Community Values, says he plans to “retire” following the November elections.
Phil Burress, a good friend of Brian Fischer told The Columbus Dispatch he plans to spend time with his family after leaving his position as president of the CCV, based in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville.
The CCV proudly boasts that its affiliated with the known anti-gay hate groups the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and Fischer’s American Family Association
“It’s time to move on,” Burress said. “I’m 74 and in great health. About a year and half ago, after praying about it, my wife and I decided this was the right thing to do.”
Burress spearheaded a campaign in 2004 to ban same-sex marriage in Ohio. The constitutional amendment was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2015.
Burress said his retiring is “not about the fact I lost the fight” over same-sex marriage.
Burress — who has admitted that he was “once” addicted to pornography — began volunteering with the group more than three decades ago. He joined its board of directors and became president in 1991.
For 25 years, he says, his waking hours were dominated by the need to view pornography. It destroyed his ability to be a loving husband, cost him financially and kept him emotionally estranged from people who should have been close.
He said the group has helped pornography addicts and some involved in human trafficking. It also has helped people “walk away from homosexuality,” Burress said.
The President of the CCV’s sister organization in California was one of the leaders for “Yes on 8”. The CCV itself has most Republican politicians in the Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky regions in their pockets and have fought to repeal anti-gay discrimination laws and human rights ordinances throughout the state of Ohio.
Burress and the CCV seem to be able to fly under the radar in the rest of the county outside the Midwest because the group hiding behind their “anti-pornography campaign” and they localize their anti-gay hate movement to the Midwest. But one trip to their website spells out bluntly where they stand on LGBT individuals. (All in the name of Christ, of course)
The CCV takes part as members of The National Pro-Family Forum on Homosexuality – This group includes representatives from most of the national pro-family organizations and meets every three months, usually in Washington, D.C. The group’s first organized effort was the National Campaign to Protect Marriage that mobilized national and local pro-family leaders in all 50 states to work together to defend traditional “one man-one woman” marriage. However, their major achievement has been The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and other similar laws that were passed in 36 states since 1996. Another major achievement of this forum was the “Truth in Love” full-page ad and campaign printed in many major newspapers and on TV
Even more alarming than the destructive effect upon the individual is the threat that the activists’ agenda poses upon society as a whole. Again we repeat, the traditional family-one father, one mother, and their natural or adopted children-is the basic building block of society. Not just our society, but society as a whole. The history of civilization proves that when a particular society strays from this norm, that society deteriorates.
Homosexual activists are not simply seeking acceptance of individuals who engage in homosexual behavior. Rather, the primary, clearly stated focus of their agenda is normalization, complete social acceptance, of homosexual relationships and the undermining of the traditional family. Just as we cannot stand by silently and watch individuals lured into a destructive lifestyle, we also cannot stand by silently and watch militant activists chip away at the very foundation of our cultural heritage and our Judeo-Christian belief system.
One very important part of the homosexual activists’ agenda is to raise the awareness of homosexuality, or simply stated, to talk about homosexuality frequently and loudly. In virtually every area of our lives, the homosexual activists have been successful in raising the homosexual issue. Every one of us has been forced to be a part of the argument regarding homosexuality and marriage; homosexuality and adoption; homosexuality and civil rights; homosexuality and minority status; homosexuality and the armed forces.
Burress will be replaced by Aaron Baer, a policy adviser to Arizona’s attorney general. And was a staunch defender of Arizona’s infamous SB 1062, the anti-LGBT state law that Jan Brewer vetoed.