A lawyer with an “extensive anti-LGBT history” is the newest member of Donald Trump’s legal team responsible for advising the president as he faces an investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia’s government.
Jay Sekulow has long since been involved with the religious right. He is chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a far-right legal group founded by Pat Robertson.
He’s also a frequent commentator on Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, as well as on Fox News.
Writes The Advocate:
The ACLJ has represented many anti-LGBT and antichoice clients and causes. “ACLJ’s materials are often explicitly homophobic, and their fundraising emails signed by Sekulow have warned that the homosexual agenda is ‘bent on destroying our communities’ and ‘the family as we know it,’” the Human Rights Campaign
reported in a 2014 press release.
[The ACLJ] has advocated for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, supported sodomy laws, denounced LGBT-inclusive antibullying policies in schools, and opposed allowing openly gay leaders in the Boy Scouts, according to HRC. It has also sought to export homophobia.
On exporting homophobia, Mother Jones reported the following about Sekulow in 2012:
Sekulow and his son Jordan opened affiliated offices of the ACLJ in Africa to lobby politicians to “take the Christian’s views into consideration as they draft legislation and policies,” according to ACLJ’s website. ACLJ’s Zimbabwe office has pushed an agenda that backs outlawing same-sex marriage and making sure that homosexuality “remain[s] a criminal activity.” (Zimbabwe had outlawed homosexuality in 2006.) Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe is among the most ruthless dictators in the world—but in 2010 ACLJ-Zimbabwe’s chairman, pastor Alex Chisango, led Mugabe and others in prayer to kick off Zimbabwe’s constitutional reform drive. ACLJ wanted to ensure that, whatever else changed in the country’s constitution, homosexuality remained illegal and same-sex marriage was banned.
Proving that his anti-LGBT stance is a long one, Sekulow told Congress in 2004 that judges who uphold same-sex marriage laws “have simply ignored the custom and experience of recorded Western history, flouting the laws of our country, and condescending to every major religious tradition in the world.”