Politician whose life was saved by lesbian police officer to speak at national anti-LGBT convention
Now, the House Majority Whip is set to speak on stage at a virulently homophobic hate group which has questioned if gay people should be executed.
When a shooter opened fire on Republicans who were practising for a charity baseball game in Washington DC, Crystal Griner ran towards the bullets, saving lives in the process.
The married lesbian officer reportedly killed the gunman, despite being shot in the ankle.
Griner carried out her duty to protect Scalise, even though he previously co-sponsored a failed Constitutional Amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage in the United States.
The amendment supported by Scalise said: “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.
“Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”
Now fully recovered from the attack, one of Scalise’s first actions on his return to action will be to give a speech to the Family Research Council next week.
The FRC is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBT hate group.
Tony Perkins, the FRC’s president, said that Scalise’s return to health was not down to the brave actions of a lesbian police officer, but “an answer to prayer.
“His fighting spirit in overcoming the odds is a source of inspiration for those who are fighting for the heart and soul of our nation and our culture.
“I look forward to welcoming my friend and former colleague back to the Values Voter stage.”
However, when his own home was destroyed in what he called a flood “of near biblical proportions,” the homophobic pastor insisted it happened because of God’s love.
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Last week, it was revealed that Donald Trump’s former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon secretly corresponded with representatives of the FRC.
Bannon, who runs far-right news service Breitbart, served as chair of Trump’s election campaign, and was the Republican President’s Chief Strategist from January to August this year.
The FRC has previously stated that it doesn’t know if gay people should be executed.
It has also given its support to Roy Moore, the Trump-backed, virulently homophobic Republican Senate candidate from Alabama who coincidentally took the same stance on gay executions in 2015.
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