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Hate Group Leader Blasts 24 Republicans with 'So-Called' Label

Monday Jul 17, 2017

Mat Staver, founder of the anti-LGBT hate group Liberty Counsel took time out Friday to blast 24 Republican members of Congress for voting against an amendment put forth by virulent homophobe Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) that would have eliminated care for transgender members of the military.

Calling the 24 United States Representatives "so-called conservatives," Staver, a so-called lawyer and so-called Christian lamented the narrow defeat of a bill that would have barred transgender service members from being eligible for transition-related health care, including gender reassignment surgery.

The amendment was put forward by Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, who asserted that its purpose was to focus the attention of the military on Russia, North Korea and ISIS. In a radio interview with hate group leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Hartzler called transgender military service members as big a threat to national security as "North Korea, and Putin and ISIS."

"So-called Conservative Legislators Cave to LGBT Agenda," read the headline of a press release sent out by Staver's organization on Friday.

"This defeat of Congresswoman Hartzler's amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is a tragedy for our country and our military, and was made possible by the 24 Republicans who betrayed the values of their constituents and their party platform," Staver wrote.

"It is disheartening to see the best interests of our military spurned by weak representatives who caved to political demands, denying this critical opportunity to reject the Obama administration's appalling sex-reassignment mandate. This presidential edict requires the Department of Defense to take taxpayer's money allocated to support our national defense and use it to fund surgical procedures for those suffering from gender dysphoria," said Staver.

All 190 House Democrats voted against the amendment. They were joined by 24 Republicans. 209 Republicans voted in favor.


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