Senator Mark Kirk Bars Virulently Anti-Gay Group from Senate Meeting Room

If you've been following recent reports on American right-wingers Scott Lively and Brian Brown, you may recall that they both recently traveled to Russia to attend a meeting of a virulently anti-gay group called the World Congress of Families, which is planning a Moscow Summit in 2014.

KirkWell, the group had recently planned a meeting in D.C. and had reserved a meeting room at the Dirksen Senate Office building, until it was shut down by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Buzzfeed reports:

“Shame on you, Senator Kirk, for allowing vocal radical sexual minorities to drown out the voices of the natural family and faith that have made our nation free, prosperous, and stable for more than 200 years,” said Larry Jacobs, managing director of the World Congress of Families in an email to BuzzFeed. “Obviously Senator Kirk doesn’t care about families and children and freedom and has chosen to side with the policies of decline, death and disease promoted by the Sexual Radicals.”

A spokesman for Kirk, Lance Trover, told BuzzFeed on Thursday night, “Sen. Kirk doesn’t affiliate with groups that discriminate.”

The meeting planned in D.C. was billed in a WCF press release as a discussion of “what can our pro-family legislators learn — positively and negatively — by studying our colleagues’ actions abroad" according to Buzzfeed.

HRC had denounced the meeting in a press release:

These shameful individuals represent the worst of America, and it’s an outrage that they will now bring their vitriol to the United States Capitol. After spending years exporting their hate to other regions of the world and contributing to a culture of anti-LGBT violence in Russia, these zealots should be condemned by all Americans and especially by our elected leaders.”

The roundtable discussion, hosted by the World Congress of Families, will occur this Friday from 11:00 AM to 1:00PM in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562. Entitled “Family Policy Lessons from Other Lands: What Should America Learn?,” the event is presented in innocent-sounding language, but the biographies of the participants reveal their malicious intent.

Three of the four panelists, Austin Ruse, Allan Carlson, and Steven Mosher, have traveled to Russia to meet with other anti-LGBT leaders during critical stages of Russia’s recent anti-LGBT crackdown. The fourth panelist, Janice Crouse, celebrated a proposed law in Uganda that would make being LGBT punishable by death. Crouse called it a, “biblical and cultural stand against the radical homosexual agenda.” For more on the panelists see this background document.


  1. Francis #1 says

    Mark Kirk has long been rumored to be gay himself. Whether he is or isn’t is mostly irrelevant to what he did here but what is clear is that, after his stroke, he’s really become a different person, especially in regards to LGBT rights. What an awesome thing for him to do here!

  2. Alaina says

    @daniel berry: Illinois isn’t a conservative state. Outside of chicago it’s more conservative, sure, but that’s not where the majority of the state’s population lives. Even our conservatives tend to not be quite as extreme as those from fully conservative states.

    As an Illinoisan, I find myself relieved that senator Kirk is standing up for the beliefs of e majority of his constituents, rather the conservatives. I can’t say the same for my congressional representative, but considering that my district covers a lot of the southern part of huge state, that’s not surprising.

  3. Francis #1 says

    Illinois is a blue state overall.

    This hate group has moved to another building in the Capitol…this time in a House Office Building rather than a Senate Office Building. Imagine the KKK holding a meeting in a Capitol building? Embarrassing and disgusting.

  4. Daniel Berry, NYC says

    I’m glad to be wrong and corrected about Illinois’ overall political leanings. I certainly didn’t intend to lump it in with its near-neighbors, Indiana and Ohio.

  5. Cathy Kristofferson says

    Please stop congratulating Senator Kirk for canceling a meeting room HE SPONSORED once it was made public. Nothing to congratulate about. Buzzfeed: “WASHINGTON — The office of House Speaker John Boehner secured meeting space for the World Congress of Families after their original sponsor, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, canceled their space in a Senate office building following an outcry from LGBT activists, the group’s leader said.”

  6. says

    If Sen. Kirk acted in response to complaints from “LGBT activists,” it still means he was listening to his constituents and us and not to the religious wingnuts, who are outraged at him. That–and his ENDA support–put him ahead of the vast majority of his Republican colleagues, who keep digging deeper into their anti-gay trenches. He actually has a conscience.

  7. simon says

    Solution is simple. Losers keep losing. Brian Brown should request asylum in Russia for reason of “religious persecution”. Otherwise it will be hazardous to his mental health.

  8. jamal49 says

    A sane, rational Republican? They do exist, apparently. I imagine that the Tea Battys and their extremist evangelical allies will surely target Senator Kirk and challenge him for his Senate seat.

  9. Onnyjay says

    This “World Congress” is beginning to sound like the evil spawn of US homophobic ‘baggers and assorted wealthy wingnuts. They’ve lost over here, so they’re trying to turn Middle Europe, Africa and Asia into fascist killing fields. I’m beginning to smell the ham-fisted presence of Boner and the Kock brothers.

  10. Rob says

    Kirk is rumored to be gay and divorced because of it. No way to know if his stroked was related to the stress of the closet- I doubt it. But he may see things differently afterward. He was very anti-gay before.

  11. Bill says

    This demonstrates the worst of radicals in America that have declared war on minorities they don’t like. They’re nothing short of the KKK without their white sheets! If it’s war they want, it’s war they’ll get from the highest levels of government backed by Americaans who do love their country and understand that civil rights and human rights are paramount in our country. Yes, the radical religious jealots have exported their terrorist tactics to other countries too naive to understand what they face. The government is watching these hate groups like all the other hate groups. The won’t win this war they’re waging not matter what their tactics. Just ask the grand dragons of the KKK who’ve been beaten into submission or landed in jail for their crimes against humanity!

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