John M. Becker

Tony Perkins Appointed to Louisiana State Commission

Filed By John M. Becker | September 27, 2013 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: Bobby Jindal, facepalm, Family Research Council, FRC, hate group, hate groups, law enforcement, Louisiana, Tony Perkins

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has appointed Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council -- an anti-gay hate group -- to a spot on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

According to Baton Rouge's Capital City News, the LCLE "awards grants and governs practices of State Police and local law enforcement agencies." Perkins will be able to remain in his job as a hate group spokesman while he serves on the commission.

Perkins's homophobia is notorious. He falsely claims that homosexuality is linked with pedophilia; endorses the dangerous and discredited "pray away the gay" myth; and calls LGBT people intolerant, hateful, vile, spiteful "pawns" of the "enemy."

In the legal arena, Perkins supports Uganda's infamous "Kill the Gays" bill, believes the Ten Commandments should be the "law of the land," and has compared LGBT legal advocates to terrorists.

And this man will now be helping to set law enforcement policy for an entire U.S. state.

Chilling, isn't it?

It's worth mentioning that Louisiana is one of the worst places in the country to be LGBT. As we noted this summer here on Bilerico, an undercover investigation by the Baton Rouge Advocate busted sheriff's deputies for illegally enforcing the state's invalid anti-sodomy law, which legislators there have refused to take off the books a full decade after the Supreme Court struck it down in the Lawrence v. Texas decision. At least a dozen gay men were entrapped, arrested, and booked by sheriff's deputies in undercover sex stings over the last two years.

louisiana_map.jpgJust this month, the state's National Guard defied a directive from the Pentagon ordering the military to offer benefits to the same-sex spouses of gay and lesbian soldiers. Citing the state's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment, Lt. Col. Michael Kazmierzak told the New Orleans Times Picayune that soldiers seeking to apply for spousal benefits would have to go to a federal military installation instead. (Three other states have also refused to follow the Pentagon policy.)

And now Louisiana has the president of an anti-gay hate group as one of its top law enforcement officials.

Stay classy, Bayou State.

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