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The office of House Speaker John Boehner secured meeting space for the World Congress of Families after their original sponsor, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, canceled their space in a Senate office building following an outcry from LGBT activists, the group’s leader said.
World Congress of Families president Allan Carlson praised Boehner’s intervention in opening remarks at the event, which is focusing on what “pro-family legislators” can learn from foreign laws like Russia’s ban on “promoting non-traditional sexual relationships to minors.”
“At least in the House of Representatives people have not succumbed to the great fear” of LGBT activists, Carlson said, likening the situation to developments in Germany, France, and Italy as fascism took hold of Europe.
The Illinois-based group, an outspoken proponent of Russia's anti-gay laws, had planned to meet in the Senate, but when Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois withdrew his sponsorship of their meeting, they turned to Boehner—but not before condemning Kirk:
“Shame on you, Senator Kirk, for allowing vocal radical sexual minorities to drown out the voices of the natural family and faith that have made our nation free, prosperous, and stable for more than 200 years,” said Larry Jacobs, managing director of the World Congress of Families in an email to BuzzFeed. “Obviously Senator Kirk doesn’t care about families and children and freedom and has chosen to side with the policies of decline, death and disease promoted by the Sexual Radicals.”
And why did Kirk withdraw his support for such a lovely bunch of human beings?
A spokesman for Kirk, Lance Trover, told BuzzFeed on Thursday night, “Sen. Kirk doesn’t affiliate with groups that discriminate.”
Good on Kirk for refusing to affiliate with "groups that discriminate." It's too bad House Speaker John Boehner doesn't feel the same way.