Last updated on: 5/11/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Mathew Staver, JD Biography

Title:
Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“History and reason illustrate the insanity of according special civil rights protection to a person’s sexual preference. Once homosexual, bisexual and transgender behavior is elevated to a protected status, there is nothing to stop bigamy, pedophilia, or any other deviate sexual practice from receiving the same protection. It should be remembered that when elevating any activity to special status, opposing activities and viewpoints lose protection. If ‘sexual orientation’ laws become commonplace, then any person who speaks against deviant sexual practices will be vilified, their rights will be thwarted, and their freedom of religion and of conscious will be crushed.”

“Homosexual Behavior Should Not Be Accorded Special Protection,” National Law Journal Online, Oct. 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel, 1989-present
  • Founder and President, Staver & Associates, 1989-present
  • Interim Dean, Liberty University School of Law
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Liberty University
  • Former Attorney, Zimmerman, Shuffield, Kiser and Sutcliffe
  • Honorary LL.D. (Doctor of Laws) Recipient, Liberty University
Education:
  • JD, University of Kentucky Law School, 1987
  • MA, summa cum laude, Religion, Andrews University
  • BA, cum laude, Theology, Southern Missionary College
Other:
  • None Found