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12 Anti-Gay Politicians with LGBTQ+ Relatives

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A list of the top 12 anti-gay politicians with LGBTQ+ relatives. Karma has a funny way of evening the proverbial playing field, especially when it comes to politicians. When it comes to LGBTQ+ rights, politicians have been changing their positions to adapt with the times. Unfortunately, a good number still haven't. But alas, even the staunchest of anti-gay politicians have gay relatives, which makes their stance look even more insensitive and foolhardy.

These outspoken politicians aren't limited to people serving in national office. While some big names like Karl Rove, Sonny Bono, and Christine O'Donnell have all spoken out against gay rights, representatives at the state level, like Don Coram and Marsha Looper have been outed for having gay family members, contradicting their anti-gay position. The politicians on this list have done their best to suppress LGBTQ+ people, yet the people they're harming are often times the ones closest to them. 

Take a look at this list of the top 12 most anti-gay politicians with LGBTQ+ relatives. When you read about their stances, opinions and thoughts on LGBTQ+ persons, you'll be appalled. Also, you can see what family member is related to the politician and what his or her personal stance is and if it the opposite of what their political relative thinks. You'll be surprised at some of the results.

  • Stance on LGBTQ+ Rights:
    The former Republican political candidate is one of the staunchest anti-gay rights politicians in the United States. He's said that gay marriage “is the archetype of all crimes against humanity,” and considers gay marriage a crime. An actual crime.

    He's also called homosexuality "selfish hedonism," and has appeared on multiple programs over the years railing against LGBTQ+ culture. He's stood against it every step of the way, despite having an LGBT daughter.

    Gay Relative:
    Keyes's daughter, Maya Marcel-Keyes, came out of the closet in 2005.

    Since then, she's been involved in a number of protests and with various LGBTQ+ activist organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, which speaks on behalf of LGBTQ+ families and youth across the country, always trying to counteract at least a little bit of what her father does to her community.

    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States of America
  • Photo: Office of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Stance on LGBTQ+ Rights:
    Bachmann, a staunch conservative, has long been opposed to gay marriage.

    Before retiring from Congress, the Minnesota Republican wrote, "Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted."

    She's frequently campaigned against gay rights and called for spiritual warfare against gay marriage and has voted as such her entire career, and even ran on that platform during the 2012 primaries.

    Gay Relative:
    Bachmann's stepsister, Helen LaFave, is openly gay. Although they're not necessarily closely related, with some of these cases, having a member of their family on the other side of the fence has swayed the sympathies of certain conservatives. But not Bachmann. 

    LeFave supported Barack Obama and was seen at his inauguration in 2009.

    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Stance on LGBTQ+ Rights:
    Rove used anti-gay marriage amendments to turn out conservatives in 2004, particularly in Ohio. Though he now says he never asked for an anti-gay fight, his strategy to get conservatives to vote may have worked short-term, but ultimately it has harmed the GOP brand with younger voters.

    Gay Relative:
    Rove's stepfather, Louis, was gay. Rove's parents divorced when Louis, whom he considered to be his father (Rove's biological father left when he was a small child) came out when Karl was a senior in high school. According to an interview with Wayne Slater and James Moore, Rove told them that he "lovingly accepted his father as a gay man," and treated Louis with respect. Every other homosexual in the country? Not so much.

    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Stance on LGBTQ+ Rights:

    The former Delaware Republican senatorial candidate has a long history of taking hateful and ignorant positions against LGBTQ+ people. Originally a liberal, O'Donnell claims to have experienced an epiphany when she was 21 that completely changed her viewpoints.

    She's accused gays of having a personality disorder and has called homosexuality a "deviant sexual orientation." She considers homosexuality a disease (an "identity disorder") and associates herself with people who try to cure homosexuality.

    Gay relative:
    With her outrageous views on homosexuality, people will be surprised to learn that O'Donnell's sister, Jennie O'Donnell, is a lesbian. She lives in the LGBTQ+ hub of West Hollywood, California.

    Despite her sister's strong anti-gay views, Jennie defended her sister publicly. Using the old adage that blood is thicker than politics, Jennie even campaigned for her sister during her ill-fated 2010 senatorial campaign. She was quoted as saying that Christine was misunderstood.