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Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Appointed to Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission

6a00d8341c730253ef01901c847424970b-800wiWhen looking to fill a high-profile job opening--say, membership on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, for example--you might not opt for the virulently homophobic leader of an organization labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.  Or, if you're Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's Republican governor, you might do just that.

According to its website, the commission's mission is "to improve the operations of the criminal justice and juvenile justice system and promote public safety by providing progressive leadership and coordination within the criminal justice community."  (There's a delicious and sad irony in the idea of Perkins being part of a group's 'progressive leadership.')

Slate points out that Perkins's appointment to a body "which awards grants, trains officers, and regulates law enforcement throughout the state" could add to Louisiana's already less-than-stellar record of support for LGBT individuals and "may well drag the state to new, even darker depths of anti-gay enmity."

Just this month, Perkins--who leads the Family Research Council--said that straight solders were facing discrimination from the federal government because of a recent Pentagon policy allowing service members in same-sex relationships living in non-marriage equality states paid leave to travel to states which allow marriage equality.  He also called on his followers to boycott Betty Crocker because the company donated custom cakes to three same-sex couples in Minnesota who wed after the state legislature voted in favor of equal marriage rights.

As we've noted before here on Towleroad, Louisiana is not very friendly to its LGBT citizens.  Earlier this month, the state's National Guard said that it would not comply with orders from the Pentagon to begin approving benefits requests from married same-sex couples, pointing to the state's ban on marriage equality.  This summer, the Baton Rough Advocate published a disturbing exposé revealing that the city's sheriff's office had conducted undercover stings for at least two years arresting gay men for engaging in consensual sex.  In doing so, the sheriff relied on Louisiana's sodomy ban, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision but still technically remains on the books in the state.

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  1. If you quote SLATE I'll skip this story.

    Posted by: RT | Sep 26, 2013 6:47:53 PM

  2. This hate vs. hate routine is getting tiresome. I'm about three more stories short of "who cares."

    Posted by: TR | Sep 26, 2013 6:50:53 PM

  3. Dismaying. Disgusting.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Sep 26, 2013 7:19:26 PM

  4. I thought little Bobby J wanted to run for president one day... This shows just how extreme he really is.

    Posted by: AdamTh | Sep 26, 2013 7:48:15 PM

  5. So is Perkins leaving FRC? .. That would be more proof that the writing's on the wall, and he's getting out now by finding another job.

    Posted by: Rexford | Sep 26, 2013 7:58:48 PM

  6. Jindal is about as dim as a sack of coal dust, but this is lower than what I thought even he was capable of.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 26, 2013 8:05:28 PM

  7. I hope he gets sucked into a swamp or as they say in Louisiana "bayou".

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 26, 2013 8:08:03 PM

  8. One day I'll escape this backwards hellhole and move somewhere where I can be equal and not be a target. Or someone will murder me and feed me to alligators...

    There really needs to be laws to keep corrupt people and bigots out of power.

    Posted by: Jekyll | Sep 26, 2013 8:13:41 PM

  9. Perkins is a walking hate crime. Jindal is a pathetic loser trying to curry favor with the scum of the earth.

    Posted by: Richard | Sep 26, 2013 9:29:01 PM

  10. I wonder if he will appoint the KKK's Grand Wizard to the Hate Crime commission.

    Posted by: dh1950 | Sep 26, 2013 10:22:32 PM

  11. How is this man remotely qualified to help guide a law enforcement body? Pray the gays out of criminal activity?

    And you would think Louisiana of all states would want to avoid political hacks in jobs that require skill. Heckuva a job, Bobby!!

    Posted by: robroy | Sep 26, 2013 10:36:12 PM

  12. I'm guessing Perky still has to be confirmed by the LA Senate first.

    Posted by: David | Sep 26, 2013 10:44:06 PM

  13. Oh CRAP! I just checked, and the GOdParty GOP has 25 of the 39 seats in the Senate. D*MN!

    Posted by: David | Sep 26, 2013 10:46:38 PM

  14. Goodbye Presidential ambition. Hello future riches made on the backs of the ignorant.

    Posted by: UrbanMike | Sep 26, 2013 11:43:18 PM

  15. Another reason to avoid this backwards state.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Sep 27, 2013 3:34:27 AM

  16. I read a recent article on HuffPo that said LA is the worst state for women's rights. Guess we can add gays and other minorities to the list. Is Louisiana safe for anyone now?

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 27, 2013 7:48:28 AM

  17. Is Louisiana safe for anyone now? well I know I wont be going there and spending my tourism money!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Sep 27, 2013 8:02:06 AM

  18. I'm sure, with his recent experience of being the target of a terrorist attack masterminded by the SPLC (which we will never hear the end of), Perkins will be very sympathetic to the victims of hate crimes.

    Yeah, right.

    Posted by: Hunter | Sep 27, 2013 8:18:23 AM

  19. A few years ago David Duke

    David Duke - ADL - Anti-Defamation League‎
    David Duke, perhaps America's most well-known racist and anti-Semite, promotes ... In 1989, Duke won a seat representing Metairie, Louisiana, in the Louisiana ...

    Posted by: Leonard Earl Johnson | Sep 27, 2013 11:06:05 AM

  20. Perkins loves hanging out with men in uniform!

    LA has a number of questionable laws and practices that go back to the Napoleonic era.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 27, 2013 2:20:21 PM

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