In 2011, his wife, Corrine, left him for another woman. Now, he’s made it his life’s mission to try and squash the rights of all gay people living in the Lone Star State.
According to court documents obtained by Lone Star Q, Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz was dating another woman when she filed for divorce from Jonathan Saenz in 2011. She told the court she wanted to end the marriage because it was “insupportable due to discord or conflict of personalities.”
Insulted that his wife wasn’t satisfied with his efforts at being a good husband, Jonathan Saenz asked that the court refuse to grant the divorce. But not just that. He also asked it bar “any unrelated adult, with whom the parent has an intimate, romantic, emotional, and/or dating relationship to remain in the presence of the children, including but not limited to Ercimin Paredes, AKA Ercilia M. Paredes.”
Paredes is Corrine Saenz’s girlfriend.
Scorned Saenz also tried to have his ex-wife fined $500 and thrown in jail for refusing to undergo a psychological evaluation by a doctor of his choosing — even though he refused to pay the psychologist’s $2,500 fee.
When none of his efforts were successful, he took a different approach. Less than six months after his wife initially filed for divorce, Saenz took over as the president of the state’s top anti-gay group, Texas Values, a hate organization dedicated to standing up “for biblical, Judeo-Christian values by ensuring Texas is a state in which religious liberty flourishes, families prosper, and every human life is valued.” (Excluding, of course, the liberties, families, or lives of gay people.)
Earlier this year, a judge ruled that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Saenz is now working with Attorney General Abbott, the Republican Party’s nominee for governor, to overturn that decision. He’s also been a vocal supporter of gay conversion therapy and an opponent of nondiscrimination ordinances, said in interviews that same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and people marrying their stepchildren, and suggested that gay activists want to put all Christians in concentration camps.
Talk about holding a grudge. Someone needs to tell this egomaniac to make like Idina Menzel and…