Jonathan Saenz, leader of the anti-homosexual activist group Texas Values, has never held back about how he feels regarding gay rights and same-sex marriage.
In June, Saenz claimed that those who support non-discrimination laws that protect the LGBT community want to "put people in jail that disagree with homosexual marriage" or the "homosexual lifestyle."
Saenz appeared with Pastor Steve Washburn, Charles Flowers and Cathie Adams at a Texas Values press conference last week (video below).
According to RightWingWatch.org, Saenz warned, “You’re going to see more and more people recognize the tremendous threat of redefining marriage and I think it is becoming very clear to people that if marriage is redefined, religious liberty will be obliterated.
“You will see more attacks on churches than you are already seeing right now and they have already started, because that is the goal to a lot of people, it is not simply to change the definition of marriage, but essentially to destroy it and to have a type of sexual behavior being recognized and protected in law that will be to the detriment of our society and to churches across our country,” Saenz added.
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One reason for Saenz's vitriol towards gay issues may be his personal experience.
Lone Star Q reports: "Court records indicate that Saenz’s ex-wife, Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz, is a member of the LGBT community who was dating another woman when she filed for divorce from Saenz in August 2011."
Saenz was a rising star at the conservative Liberty Legal Institute based in Plano, Texas, which was mainly concerned with abortion and religious freedom.
Saenz became head of Texas Values, which was created at the Liberty Legal Institute, while his divorce was still moving through the courts in early 2012.
Under Saenz's leadership, Texas Values has opposed gay marriage and nondiscrimination laws that protect LGBT people in San Antonio and Houston.
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Texas Values helped add an amendment to the Texas Republican platform that supports gay conversion therapy, which has been debunked by every major medical organization in the U.S., notes HRC.org.
Lone Star Q adds, "During their divorce, Jonathan Saenz unsuccessfully sought to permanently bar Corrine Saenz’s girlfriend from being in the presence of the children, records show. At one point, he also sought to jail his ex-wife for failing to undergo an evaluation by a psychologist of his choosing—even though he refused to pay the psychologist’s $2,500 fee."