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family values

This page is about the doublespeak term family values

Meaning

religious beliefs that cause prejudice against gay people, single mothers, unmarried couples, divorced people, etc.

For example

  • If family values aren't protected, our children will have sex before they're married!

  • I told them I was gay, and my father kicked me out because I didn't respect his "family values".

Note:
Politicians often say they support "family values" in order to get conservative, old-fashioned or religious people to vote for them.

Quick Quiz

Who are most likely to believe in "family values"?

a. members of a punk rock band

b. same-sex marriage activists

c. conservative Christians

Contributor: Matt Errey