Herman Cain: Proud Supporter Of America’s Most Powerful Anti-Gay Hate Groups
Rick Santorum and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) are typically described as the staunchest social conservatives in the GOP presidential primary. On LGBT issues, however, Herman Cain is about as far-right as you can get.
The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza has called homosexuality a "sin" and a "choice," recommended impeaching President Obama over his decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and suggested that adoption agencies have a First Amendment right to discriminate against gay couples.
Months before he even announced his candidacy, Cain was a proud supporter of two of America’s most powerful and extreme anti-gay hate groups.
Near the end of 2010, the Family Research Council (FRC) launched the “Start Debating, Stop Hating” website in response to being designated an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The website asked supporters to sign a statement backing both the FRC and a number of other anti-gay groups listed by the SPLC:
We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Family Research Council, American Family Association, Concerned Women of America, National Organization for Marriage, Liberty Counsel and other pro-family organizations that are working to protect and promote natural marriage and family. We support the vigorous but responsible exercise of the First Amendment rights of free speech and religious liberty that are the birthright of all Americans.
Herman Cain – along with Santorum, Bachmann, and over a hundred of America’s most prominent anti-gay activists – signed the statement.
In doing so, they were “stand[ing] in solidarity” with – as SPLC recently wrote – “the most important anti-gay lobby in this country.” SPLC added:
They are also among the chief purveyors of lies about LGBT people. They have both regularly pumped out propaganda asserting that gay men molest children at far higher rates than their heterosexual counterparts – a claim that has been debunked by virtually all the recognized scientific authorities in the field. The FRC has claimed that gay activists “work to normalize sex with boys,” seek to “abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order,” and support anti-bullying programs solely in order to promote homosexuality. The AFA has declared that “homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler… the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews,” suggested that gay sex be punished like heroin use, and said that the “homosexual agenda” endangers “every fundamental right” in the Constitution, including religious freedom. Both groups have enthusiastically promoted “reparative therapy,” which claims against the bulk of evidence that it can “cure” gay men and lesbians and make them heterosexual, but in fact has left a string of people behind who were badly hurt in the process.