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Family Research Council Shooter Floyd Corkins Was Volunteering at D.C. LGBT Center

Some additional details regarding the man who shot a security guard earlier today at the Family Research Council, via the HuffPost:

CorkinsCorkins had been volunteering for about the past 6 months at The DC Center for the LGBT Community, said David Mariner, executive director of the community center, which is in Northwest Washington. He usually staffed the center's front desk on Saturdays, and his most recent shift was about two weeks ago.

"He always struck me as a kind, gentle and unassuming young man. I'm very surprised that he could be involved in something like this," Mariner said.

Though authorities did not publicly reveal a motive, advocacy groups across the ideological spectrum condemned the violence, with some casting it as a hate crime.

"Today's attack is the clearest sign we've seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as `hateful' must end," Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, said in a statement.

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  1. "pro-marriage?"

    No, Mr. Brown. The LGBT groups are pro-Marriage. That's why they're fighting for the freedom to marry. You're not pro-Marriage, you're anti-marriage.

    nice spin, though.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 7:00:22 PM


  2. Where can I donate to his defense fund.

    Posted by: brian | Aug 15, 2012 7:06:00 PM


  3. Oh and just so we're all clear about Brown's spin of logic - one shooting is now, apparently, enough to raise the alarm bells about "how anti-gays are treated", yet the overwhelmingly high numbers of anti-gay attacks on LGBT people, murders, beatings, suicides...um....all those high numbers don't count.

    but this one does. this ONE. it counts.

    i suppose a million dead children is worth one bullet to the shoulder of the opposition?

    good to know.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 7:06:15 PM


  4. Nope, Mr. Brown, you're still hateful. You can call a turd a diamond and its still a turd.

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 15, 2012 7:08:31 PM


  5. Hate begets hate, Mr. Brown. You and your ilk better start practicing what you preach, because no-one else is buying what you're trying to sell.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 15, 2012 7:10:00 PM


  6. Can't say I'm surprised other than by the fact that it hasn't happened sooner. Hate groups can not treat others as sub-citizens and not expect something to give. He should claim he was standing is ground, seems to work for the right. Fortunately he used a gun which will earn him NRA support.

    Posted by: terry | Aug 15, 2012 7:11:53 PM


  7. Corkins is an individual. Not a group. Nor does he (officially or unofficially) represent a group.

    Posted by: William | Aug 15, 2012 7:13:45 PM


  8. Brian is such a victim!!! (I am surprised he did't ask for more money to fight those "militant homosexual activists" who are diligently trying to unravel the moral fabric of our society??) I am sure that will come tomorrow..the rent on his DC mega house is due at the end of the month...

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Aug 15, 2012 7:17:27 PM


  9. Brian Brown is an evil sack of crap. If we compared the damage done by NOM and their ilk to this, it would be infinitesimal.

    Can't let that evil monster win.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Aug 15, 2012 7:17:44 PM


  10. Brian Brown, you and your group andm any out there are considered hate groups. Please DO NOT turn this incident to make all of you look like martyrs.. 'Cause you're not! You have aggressively fought to deny rights from a minority of this country. That makes you a hate group and there's no ifs, ands or buts on that one.
    I find it rather despicable that you are trying to score points following this incident.

    Posted by: chadSF | Aug 15, 2012 7:17:52 PM


  11. Brian Brown, you and your group andm any out there are considered hate groups. Please DO NOT turn this incident to make all of you look like martyrs.. 'Cause you're not! You have aggressively fought to deny rights from a minority of this country. That makes you a hate group and there's no ifs, ands or buts on that one.
    I find it rather despicable that you are trying to score points following this incident.

    Posted by: chadSF | Aug 15, 2012 7:17:52 PM


  12. Donate to his defense fund? He needs a swift kick in the ass. This does absolutely nothing to further our cause. Shame on you, Brian

    Posted by: Cody | Aug 15, 2012 7:19:14 PM


  13. So we've gone from assuming this was a setup to now (mostly) acknowledging that it wasn't, but instead somehow defending the shooter. Shooting people is never, ever the answer. We lose all moral credibility when we fail to condemn those in the LGBT community who harm others, even if they people they harm are bigots.

    I really used to think that gay people were, in general, more sympathetic and maybe even a bit more kind hearted because we know what it's like to be shat on all the time, but now I realize that really that's not true. Gay people are just as awful as straight people, which I guess isn't that surprising.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 15, 2012 7:20:00 PM


  14. This is terrible for us and terrible for FRC.

    Posted by: rustytrawler | Aug 15, 2012 7:21:24 PM


  15. But saying that gay people are antithetical to "family" IS hateful.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 15, 2012 7:29:34 PM


  16. "I really used to think that gay people were, in general, more sympathetic and maybe even a bit more kind hearted because we know what it's like to be shat on all the time, but now I realize that really that's not true. Gay people are just as awful as straight people, which I guess isn't that surprising."

    That's some statement you made there. It seems you've adopted the "magic bullet" mentality of fundamentalist christians. One idiot condones what he did and we're all awful? Just as awful as FRC donating millions to ensure gays are executed in Uganda? Really Mark? That AWFUL?

    Posted by: Dale | Aug 15, 2012 7:30:31 PM


  17. Why are you surprised by this Mark? We are no different then them. Some of us are crazy, violent people. A person can only take so much. I hope that this makes people on the other side stop and think about how they are treating us helps to motivate incidents like this.

    Posted by: Stefan | Aug 15, 2012 7:32:27 PM


  18. omg, you guys! john wayne gacy was a CLOWN! that means all the clowns are out to get us! Poltergeist and IT were telling the truth!

    GET THE CLOWNS! NOW.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 7:34:35 PM


  19. "Shooting people is never, ever the answer. We lose all moral credibility when we fail to condemn those in the LGBT community who harm others, even if they people they harm are bigots"

    Yes and no.

    We should not kill people. True.

    We SHOULD, however, confront people who are intent on making our lives miserable in a PHYSICAL and AGGRESSIVE way whenever possible. We should do what it takes to intimidate them.

    We should make them fearful every minute of their lives, which should include surrounding them, pushing them, and shoving them when the opportunity presents itself, especially when they publicly encourage people to hate us.

    Remember, if these people had their way, we would be sent to prison simply for having sex with each other, would be denied any rights whatsoever, and would be turned into social pariahs.

    That is a threat to our very survival and should be treated as such.

    And nothing will ENHANCE our credibility with straight men more than doing what I just described. Gain the respect of straight men by standing up for yourselves and showing some real courage for once......and I promise you that ALL OF OUR OTHER PROBLEMS WILL DISAPPEAR.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 15, 2012 7:36:26 PM


  20. First steps first, RICK - show us, once and for all, who you really are.

    After all, those are big words coming from a closeted troll.

    If you're so manly and tough and strong at least have the orbs to put a face to your boastful claims on the internet..

    it's so easy even a Queen like me can do it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 7:42:56 PM


  21. Are you people out of your minds? Seriously? Aren't we supposed to be better than that?

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | Aug 15, 2012 7:50:54 PM


  22. Note how many kind, tolerant, peace-loving liberals in the comments are still doing the Two Minutes Hate against their political opponents, whipping up even more of their number to "do the right thing" like Corkins.

    When there is more violence, they'll again distance themselves from the shooter, and (as now) continue unabated in demonizing and dehumanizing those whom disagree with them.

    They want more of this, not less.

    Posted by: Ichneumon | Aug 15, 2012 7:57:41 PM


  23. It was just a matter of time until somebody snapped with the constant hate speech and derogatory and threatening rhetoric coming from FRC.

    Posted by: Byron St. James | Aug 15, 2012 8:01:14 PM


  24. How many news organizations will bother to round out their reporting by mentioning that SPLC has officially designated FRC a hate group?

    Posted by: Phil Angstrum | Aug 15, 2012 8:07:53 PM


  25. I think this guy watched MILK too many times and took away the wrong lesson.

    Posted by: Prof Sancho Panza | Aug 15, 2012 8:20:07 PM


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