TX Gov. Perry Likes The Anti-Gay AFA Because They “Strengthen Family”

Someone else noticed that “totally not gay” Texas Governor Rick Perry has scheduled a National Day of Prayer event with the American Family Association, an anti-gay hate group. So they asked Perry, double-you tea eff?

His spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said, “Governor Perry is looking forward to the event. AFA is an organization that promotes safe and strong families. These controversies aren’t relevant to the event, Governor Perry is focused on what he is trying to accomplish, which is bringing America together in prayer for the nation. This event is about prayer focused on bringing America together for challenges faced, these comments don’t have anything to do with this event. [Perry] is very clear with his faith. His priority with this event is bringing people together. Those statements and other controversial statements made have nothing to do with what the Governor is trying to promote.”

She’s right. A group called the American Family Association would surely spend all of its time promoting safe and strong families, right? Nevermind that the Southern Poverty Law Center designated them as a hate group because of statements like “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.” Or AFA President Bryan Fisher’s views that we should criminalize homosexual behavior and force gay men and lesbians into “reparative” therapy programs. Everyone who supports safe and strong families advocates equates gays with Nazis and wants to throw queers in jail and mental institutions, right?

So we decided to visit the front page of the AFA website and see all their family-strengthening work (click for the larger version):

Five mentions of stopping gays or homosexuality. One mention of family in their group name. Is Rick Perry’s spokesperson really clear about what the AFA actually does?