Texas anti-gay lobbyist's wife left him to be with a woman

Wife of lobbyist who supports anti-gay "conversion therapy" left him for another woman as he crusades against same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination efforts.
By Matt Bradwell  |  Aug. 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- While many Americans struggle to understand the motivation behind frequent anti-gay rhetoric, for lobbyist Jonathan Saenz it may simply be because his ex-wife left him to be with a woman.

As Saenz took over as president of Texas Values in 2012, court documents revealed he was in the process of divorcing his wife, who left him to be with a woman.

Saenz, who had a prior reputation as a by-the-book social conservative, has since built Texas Values into the face of legislative homophobia in Texas, taking a grocery list of actions against the Lone Star State's LGBT community.

According to group's website, it supported efforts "against lesbian mayor" Annise Parker for trying to extend insurance benefits to same-sex couples in Houston, sided against bullied LGBT teens because "homosexuals" should not get "special rights," and supports reinstating Texas' law against sodomy, even though the United States Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional in 2003.

Saenz also endorses anti-gay "conversion therapy," a controversial practice deemed abusive and illegal in some states.

On social media, Saenz's group is just as active in condemning those who share his ex-wife's sexual identity, tweeting anti-gay messages and retweeting homophobic platitudes.

His personal Twitter account features more of the same.

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