Anti-gay leader Bryan Fischer hints that he’s felt attraction for other men


As head of the anti-gay hate group American Family Association, Bryan Fischer has built his professional life around fighting laws discouraging discrimination against LGBT people and legitimizing same-sex relationships.

But, as reported by the Huffington Post, Fischer became tongue-tied with Fox News radio host Alan Colmes when he asked whether Fischer has ever experienced same-sex urges.

“Alan, I am not going to talk about that. We’re not going to talk about that,” Fischer said.

“If you’ve been able to overcome your gay impulses and you’ve been successful in doing it, you could be a model for other people you’d like to see act the same way,” Colmes prodded.

“The focus here, Alan,” Fischer said, “is that everybody experiences sexual impulses that, if they acted on those impulses, it would destroy them. You’ve experienced them. I’ve experienced them. Every man, every woman has experienced certain sexual impulses that, if they acted on them, if they conducted themselves by yielding to those impulses, would destroy them. Ask Tiger Woods about that.”

Several months ago, Julaine Appling, director of Wisconsin Family Action, acknowledged to a Madison reported that she’d felt attraction for other women. WFA, the state’s leading anti-gay organization, spearheaded a 2006 effort to add an amendment to the state Constitution banning same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Appling, who has never married, has lived for decades with another never-married woman. The two own a home together in Watertown.