A group funded by the DeVos family is attacking far-right candidates in Michigan, including Gary Glenn of the American Family Association of Michigan, for being “vile homophobes.” This from a family that has spent tens of millions of dollars supporting vile homophobes.
An education group backed by the powerful DeVos family of West Michigan is sparring with prominent tea party candidates in two of the state’s nastiest Republican primaries.
The Great Lakes Education Project has sent out mailers attacking state House candidates Todd Courser of Lapeer and Gary Glenn of Midland, who contend they’re being targeted because of their opposition to gay marriage and Common Core education standards…
GLEP backed up the claim by pointing to a news article in which Glenn said states should have the right to criminalize gay behavior and his defense of a controversial internet post shared by Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema that purported to highlight medical risks associated with homosexuality.
The post included several dubious statistics — “The median age of death of lesbians is 45,” for instance, — and a footnote citing a source later revealed to be a Holocaust denier with a history of Ku Klux Klan activity.
“Gary Glenn is a longtime homophobe,” said GLEP executive director Gary Naeyaert. “It goes back a long way, and the people he has supported and endorsed are known anti-gay rights people as well.”
But they have a gay man that works for them and some people think that changes everything. It doesn’t. Let me offer an analogy. Let’s say the DeVos family had, in the 1950s and 60s, given millions and millions of dollars to organizations whose goal was to prevent interracial marriage and the passage of the Civil Rights Act, who argued that black people and civil rights activists were communists out to destroy America and Christian tradition (exactly the positions of all the groups I mentioned that they continue to fund today), would we hesitate for a moment to call them racist for doing that? I don’t see what the difference is. They have used their fortunes to advocate for discrimination against gay people. That makes them anti-gay, no matter what personal relationships they may have.