Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Coach Dungy Defends Family Values

From "Coach Dungy Defends Family Values" by Steve Jordahl, posted 3/21/07, at

Coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts spoke strongly Tuesday night in favor of traditional marriage. Family advocates applauded his statement, homosexual groups expressed disappointment and the National Football League has remained silent.

Dungy made his remarks after receiving a Friend of the Family award from the Indiana Family Institute (IFI).

“We’re not trying to downgrade anyone else, hate anyone else, but we’re trying to promote the family, family values the Lord’s way,” Dungy said.

IFI President Curt Smith was pleased.

“Coach Dungy said, ‘I’m with God and I believe IFI has taken the biblical, godly position on marriage and so I’m pleased to stand with it.’”

The Indiana Legislature is considering language defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Smith said Dungy’s appearance was not timed to coincide with legislative action.

Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family Action, said Dungy “is a good and brave man. To defend God’s truth so simply and strongly on what marriage ought to mean is to invite a blitz of hateful attacks from homosexual activists and others on the Left.”

Cyd Zeigler of, a pro-gay group, didn’t criticize Dungy for speaking out, but he insists that Dungy has created a “hostile” work environment in the Colts organization.

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