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This interview was recorded a number of weeks ago. The discussion of the need for a constitutional amendment defining marriage was general and should not be understood to contain any special endorsement of specific language. To learn participants' positions on particular language, Home School Heartbeat listeners are encouraged to visit HSLDA's federal news page at nche.hslda.org and Focus on the Family's website at www.family.org.

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Interview with Dr. James Dobson

Vol. 51, Prg. 1–5
March 1–5, 2004


This week on Home School Heartbeat, Dr. James Dobson joins Mike Farris to discuss a vital strategy for reclaiming America from judicial tyranny. Activist judges are using the court system to help homosexual-rights advocates achieve a crucial goal: legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Proponents claim that same-sex marriage doesn’t jeopardize traditional marriage, but if homosexuals gain the right to marry, then nothing can stop our justice system from granting that same right to polygamists or pedophiles. And as Dr. Dobson points out, traditional marriage is the best environment for providing children with the stability they need to become healthy adults. There’s only one way to win this battle—with a federal marriage amendment. “This is the most important issue facing us as a nation at this time,” says Dr. Dobson. Don’t ignore it!

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3/1  
Can the Courts Force Same-Sex Marriage on the Nation?
3/2  
Do We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage?
3/3  
Is Traditional Marriage Really the Best Environment for Children?
3/4  
Could Same-Sex Unions Jeopardize Traditional Marriage?
3/5  
Are Federal Judges Overstepping Their Constitutional Bounds

Guest:

Dr. James Dobson

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is founder and chairman of the board of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produces his internationally syndicated radio programs heard daily on more than 3,000 radio facilities in North America and on approximately 3,300 facilities in over 116 other countries. He is the author of several best-selling books for the family, including Dare to Discipline and The New Dare to Discipline.

For 14 years Dr. Dobson was an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and served for 17 years on the Attending Staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development.

Dr. Dobson has been heavily involved in governmental activities related to the family. He served on the task force that summarized the White House Conference on Families and received a special commendation from President Jimmy Carter in 1980. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Advisory Commission to the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1982-84. From 1984-87 he was regularly invited to the White House to consult with President Reagan and his staff on family matters. He served as co-chairman of the Citizens Advisory Panel for Tax Reform, in consultation with President Reagan, and served as a member and later chairman of the United States Army's Family Initiative, 1986-88.

Dr. Dobson was appointed to Attorney General Edwin Meese's Commission on Pornography, 1985-86. He was also appointed in the spring of 1987 to the Attorney General's Advisory Board on Missing and Exploited Children, and to Secretary Otis Bowen's Panel on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, within the Department of Health and Human Services. He also consulted with President George Bush on family-related matters. In December 1994, Dr. Dobson was appointed by Senator Robert Dole to the Commission on Child and Family Welfare and in October 1996 was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission.

Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley, and the father of two grown children, Danae and Ryan. He resides in Colorado.

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