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Republican Congressman Whose Life Was Saved By Lesbian Cop To Speak At Anti-LGBTQ Convention

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Just four short months ago, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s life was saved by the heroic actions of an openly lesbian officer named Crystal Griner.

When a shooter opened fire on Republicans lawmakers who were practicing for a charity baseball game in Washington DC, Griner sprang into action, running towards the bullets and in the process, saving the Republican congressman’s life.

The married lesbian officer was shot in the ankle before killing the gunman.

Now, Scalise is scheduled to speak before the Family Research Council (FRC), a vehemently anti-gay hate group.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed the FRC as an anti-LGBT hate group.

In 2006, Scalise co-sponsored a failed Constitutional Amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage in the United States.

The amendment supported by Scalise read:

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“Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

After making a full recovery, Scalise will honor Griner by lending his support to an organization that would like to strip away her rights.

 



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Unfortunately, this isn’t all that surprising when you consider Rep. Scalise’s extremely conservative positions on other political issues and the makeup of the Louisiana congressional district he represents.  In the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, the biggest such massacre in U.S. history, even a few Republican members of Congress suggested that they might — might — be open to considering some slight revisions to certain limited aspects of some federal gun-control legislation and regulations.  (The numerous italicized words in the previous sentence indicate how meek and reluctant their tentative expressions of willingness are to discuss even a narrow range of gun-related issues, like banning the controversial “bump stocks” that allow a semi-automatic rifle to fire almost like a fully automatic one.)

Even so, Rep. Scalise released a statement strongly opposing any discussion of revising gun-control laws and regulations — only a few weeks after he was finally able to return to the House of Representatives following the near-fatal gunshot wound he sustained at a practice session of the Congressional Republican baseball team, just prior to its annual game with its Democratic Party counterparts.  Mr. Scalise’s condition remained critical for some time after the shooting.  Repairing the widespread damage caused by the bullet wound had required numerous surgeries and a long recovery period, resulting in considerable pain and suffering for him.

Scalise represents the 1st Congressional District in Louisiana, which is located in the extreme southeastern corner of the state, shown in green on the map below.  This district is highly rural, and a very high proportion of its population own guns and are very conservative on political, social, and religious issues.  So Mr. Scalise’s views on both gun control and LGBT issues probably accurately reflect the views of his constituents.  And except in some parts of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s two largest cities, LGBT and pro-gun control issues don’t get very much support.  (On the map, city and town names are shown in relatively large sans-serif fonts.  The names in the smallest, serifed font are the state’s parishes, Louisiana’s equivalent of counties in all other U.S. states.  The odd shapes of some districts, like this one, are the result of gerrymandering district boundaries to virtually guarantee a majority for one or the other of the two major political parties, thus effectively assuring the incumbent's reelection, Mr. Scalise in this case.)

Regardless of what Mr. Scalise’s conscience may be saying to him about gun-control and anti-LGBT issues as a result of his own recent experience, he must maintain his strong opposition to both of them if he wants to get reelected.  Unfortunately, moral courage is not a job requirement for politicians of any stripe, while a strong tolerance for, or even blindness to, their own hypocrisy apparently is.

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