James Dobson, the founder of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, has resigned from his position of chairman. The move is reportedly part of a succession plan that was already in place. The 72-year-old Dobson will however, continue to host Focus on the Family's radio program.
Dobson founded the Colorado Springs based organization in 1977. Since then he has extended the group's political reach significantly, but has often courted controversy with his views and statements, most notably for his stance on gay marriage.
Vincent Rossmeier is an editorial assistant at Salon.