Anti-Gay Marriage Leader’s Wife Left Him For a Woman
Texas Values’ Jonathan Saenz is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage and last week attacked gay rights groups for trying to “snuff out freedom” and “imprison pastors.” He also claims that gay rights groups “terrorize women and children” and are going to create Christian concentration camps.
Today, RightWingWatch reports that, “It seems the fight for Saenz is quite personal, especially since his ex-wife reportedly left him for another woman, and Saenz unsuccessfully attempted to stop her partner from being in the presence of their children.”
According to Lone Star Q, “Court records indicate that Saenz’s ex-wife, Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz, is a member of the LGBT community who was dating another woman when she filed for divorce from Saenz.”
“In early 2012, with their divorce still pending, Saenz would take the helm of Texas Values after the organization spun off from the Liberty Legal Institute, where he’d risen to chief lobbyist,” the outlet reports. “With Saenz as president, Texas Values has led the charge against not only same-sex marriage, but also a passage of LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances in San Antonio and Houston. In fighting the ordinances, Saenz has often repeated the debunked right-wing myth that sexual predators would use the laws to prey on women and children in bathrooms.”
According to LSQ, “In her original petition for divorce, Corrine Saenz alleged their marriage was ‘insupportable due to discord or conflict of personalities… that destroys the legitimate ends of marriage and prevents reasonable expectations of reconciliation.’ In his initial response, Jonathan Saenz denied that claim and asked the court to refuse to grant the divorce on those grounds.”