An anti-gay leader’s ex-wife left him for a woman. Yes, you read that correctly.
Jonathan Saenz, of the anti-LGBT group “Texas Values,” has been busy spreading the idea that the LGBT equality movement is actually a big push to get rid of freedom, throw pastors in prison, terrorize children and create concentration camps for Christians.
Lone Star Q says they’ve seen court records that indicate that, and also that Saenz tried to keep her partner from seeing their children. He has been “a right wing operative in Texas for many years,” and is a devout Catholic who works on abortion and religious freedom cases in his capacity as a staff attorney for Legal Institute.
The timeline Lone Star Q presents for Saenz descent into anti-LGBT bigotry is as follows:
- 2011: Saenz’s wife is dating another woman when she files for divorce.
- Early 2012: Saenz takes over at Texas Values, after they spun off from the Legal Liberty Institute. The divorce is still pending. Saenz also seeks a court order against his wife’s girlfriend, barring her from contact from their children. The order is granted.
- Under Saenz, Texas Values begins pushing many anti-LGBT laws and philosophies, including the idea that the non-discrimination ordinances in San Antonio and Houston, saying that the ordinances just open up women and children to sexual predators in bathrooms.
- Mid-2012: Saenz’s lawyer files a Motion for Enforcement, which claimed that his wife failed to undergo an agreed-upon evaluation with Saenz. She didn’t want to visit the therapist that Saenz had chosen because of his fees, and she had asked the judge to send them to a different therapist instead.
- 2013: Saenz accuses his wife of adultery in a counter-petition to her divorce petition, and tries to get her girlfriend permanently banned from seeing their children. This petition is unsuccessful.
- 2014: Saenz successfully adds an amendment to the Texas GOP’s 2014 platform, which endorses conversion therapy for gay people. California and New Jersey have already banned such therapy, because it’s not just ineffective, it’s dangerous. Efforts to see it banned everywhere have largely stalled, however, according to NBC News.
So Saenz’s anti-LGBT crusade looks like it might have roots in finding out his wife was a lesbian. At the very least, it’s a sort of poetic justice for a man continuing to push the rule of hate and discrimination in Texas.
h/t: Lone Star Q