Ohio Lawmaker Quits After Having 'Inappropriate Conduct' With Man In His Office

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An Ohio lawmaker known for his devotion to “family values” has stepped down after allegedly engaging in “inappropriate conduct with another man” in his office.

State Rep. Wes Goodman (R-Cardington) resigned Tuesday after a witness reported the incident to Ohio House chief of staff Mike Dittoe, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Specifics of the alleged incident are unclear.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) said he met with Goodman on Tuesday, and that the lawmaker “acknowledged and confirmed the allegations.”

“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office,” Rosenberger said Wednesday. “It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.”

Goodman, 33, confirmed his resignation on Wednesday in a statement to The Associated Press.

“We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life,” he wrote. “That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.”

“For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry,” he added.

Goodman regularly displayed photos of himself and his wife on his website, where he also wrote about protecting family values. The site appeared to be down as of Friday afternoon, and Goodman’s Twitter account has been set to private.

“The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting,” he wrote on his official website, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Goodman also served as the managing director of the Conservative Action Project, which fought for “conservative principles” like “repealing Obamacare” and “religious liberty,” according to the AP.

Goodman’s departure follows that of Michael Premo, the chief of staff for the Ohio Senate Democrats who resigned Monday amidst “concerns of inappropriate conduct,” according to the Columbus Dispatch. Ohio state Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) stepped down last month after a female state employee said he repeatedly propositioned her for sex.

UPDATE Nov. 18: The Washington Post reports that Goodman allegedly fondled an 18-year-old college student in a hotel room at a 2015 event for the Council for National Policy. It’s unclear if this was the alleged incident that prompted Goodman’s resignation or a separate claim.

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Vice-President Elect Mike Pence

During his time as governor of Indiana, Pence <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/26/indiana-governor-mike-pence-anti-gay-bill_n_6947472.html" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":22,"plid":"indiana-governor-mike-pence-anti-gay-bill_n_6947472.html"}}">supported LGBTQ discrimination</a> under the banner of religious freedom and laid the groundwork for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-indiana-hiv_us_57f53b9be4b002a7312022ef" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":23,"plid":"us_57f53b9be4b002a7312022ef"}}">a massive HIV outbreak</a> in his state by slashing public health funding and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/us/politics/mike-pence-needle-exchanges-indiana.html" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":24,"plid":"us/politics/mike-pence-needle-exchanges-indiana.html"}}">opposing needle exchange efforts</a>, believing that they promoted drug use. <br /><br />There's no telling just yet what "<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/will-mike-pence-be-the-most-powerful-vice-president-ever/" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":8,"plid":"http://www.cbsnews.com/news/will-mike-pence-be-the-most-powerful-vice-president-ever/"}}">the most powerful vice president ever</a>” will do in terms of rolling back or slowing progress of LGBTQ rights, but the outlook is certainly not good. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-assault-lgbtq-equality_us_58275a17e4b02d21bbc8ff9b">Read more here</a>.
During his time as governor of Indiana, Pence supported LGBTQ discrimination under the banner of religious freedom and laid the groundwork for a massive HIV outbreak in his state by slashing public health funding and opposing needle exchange efforts, believing that they promoted drug use. 

There's no telling just yet what "the most powerful vice president ever” will do in terms of rolling back or slowing progress of LGBTQ rights, but the outlook is certainly not good. 

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Pat McCrory

The North Carolina governor sparked an international debate over transgender rights when he signed his state's controversial <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/house-bill-2/">House Bill 2</a>, or HB 2, into law in March. <br /><br />The bill, which <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/21/politics/north-carolina-bathroom-bill-hb2/index.html" target="_blank">failed to be fully repealed</a> in December, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-carolina-transgender-tweet_us_56f3f787e4b04c4c3761652b">effectively bars</a> trans people from using restrooms which best correspond with their gender identity. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pat-mccrory-hb2-north-carolina_us_5811213ee4b0990edc2f0cad">Fallout from businesses</a> was massive, while a number of high-profile concert acts <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bruce-springsteen-north-carolina_us_5707f503e4b04bf520ff674a">nixed planned performances</a> in the state. While McCrory lost in his re-election bid in November, there's heavy speculation that he could <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article120638148.html" target="_blank">receive a high-profile post</a> as part of the Trump administration. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/north-carolina-anti-lgbt-bathroom-law-governor-pat-mccrory_b_9777480.html">Read more here</a>.  
The North Carolina governor sparked an international debate over transgender rights when he signed his state's controversial House Bill 2, or HB 2, into law in March. 

The bill, which failed to be fully repealed in December, effectively bars trans people from using restrooms which best correspond with their gender identity. 

Fallout from businesses was massive, while a number of high-profile concert acts nixed planned performances in the state. While McCrory lost in his re-election bid in November, there's heavy speculation that he could receive a high-profile post as part of the Trump administration.

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Manny Pacquiao

The boxing champion-turned-lawmaker sent <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/manny-pacquiao-sorry-calling-gay-lgbt-people-worse-than-animals/" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":2,"plid":"http://www.cbsnews.com/news/manny-pacquiao-sorry-calling-gay-lgbt-people-worse-than-animals/"}}">shockwaves</a> through his native Philippines in February after claiming that gay people are “<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb/16/manny-pacquiao-gay-people-worse-than-animals" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":3,"plid":"http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb/16/manny-pacquiao-gay-people-worse-than-animals"}}">worse than animals</a>.”<br /><br />“Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better,” Pacquiao, who is a <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/oct/04/manny-pacquiao-chris-algieri-floyd-mayweather" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":5,"plid":"http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/oct/04/manny-pacquiao-chris-algieri-floyd-mayweather"}}">conservative Christian</a>, said in an interview. “If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.”<br /><br />Pacquiao <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/manny-pacquiao-gay-apology_us_56c34129e4b08ffac12679f8">later apologized</a> for the remarks in a series of Instagram posts, but has <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/manny-pacquiao-anti-gay-mistake_us_57d2c948e4b06a74c9f433ab">remained steadfast</a> in his opposition to marriage equality. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/manny-pacquiao-gay-apology_us_56c34129e4b08ffac12679f8">Read more here</a>. 
The boxing champion-turned-lawmaker sent shockwaves through his native Philippines in February after claiming that gay people are “worse than animals.”

“Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better,” Pacquiao, who is a conservative Christian, said in an interview. “If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.”

Pacquiao later apologized for the remarks in a series of Instagram posts, but has remained steadfast in his opposition to marriage equality. 

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Donald Trump

There's no telling what the president-elect REALLY thinks about the LGBTQ community, which arguably makes him the most terrifying political figure on the list. <br /><br />At different points throughout his campaign, Trump <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/heres-exactly-why-a-vote-for-trump-is-vote-against-lgbtq-rights_us_58110a32e4b0390e69cdface" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":4,"plid":"us_58110a32e4b0390e69cdface"}}">says he opposes same-sex marriage</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-marriage-equality_us_56af63c8e4b00b033aafb496" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":5,"plid":"us_56af63c8e4b00b033aafb496"}}">would “strongly consider”</a> appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn the landmark decision legalizing it. After winning the election, however, he suggested he was "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-same-sex-marriage_us_5829c604e4b02d21bbc97d2a">fine with</a>" same-sex marriage.<br /><br />He's also<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-north-carolina-bathroom-bill_us_571a50c5e4b0d912d5fe6dc1"> flip-flopped</a> on the issue of whether or not transgender people <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-hb2-lgbt_us_577d4443e4b09b4c43c1e90d">should be allowed</a> to use the public restrooms which best align with their gender identity. <br /><br />Actions, of course, speak louder than words, and by selecting <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-assault-lgbtq-equality_us_58275a17e4b02d21bbc8ff9b">Mike Pence</a> as his running mate and tapping some of the nation's <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/11/so-far-every-member-of-trumps-cabinet-opposes-lgbt-rights.html" target="_blank">most anti-LGBTQ politicians</a> for his cabinet, its clear Trump <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/09/will-trump-put-lgbtq-equality-in-peril.html" target="_blank">does not have</a> the queer community's best interests at heart. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-assault-lgbtq-equality_us_58275a17e4b02d21bbc8ff9b">Read more here</a>. 
There's no telling what the president-elect REALLY thinks about the LGBTQ community, which arguably makes him the most terrifying political figure on the list.

At different points throughout his campaign, Trump says he opposes same-sex marriage and would “strongly consider” appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn the landmark decision legalizing it. After winning the election, however, he suggested he was "fine with" same-sex marriage.

He's also flip-flopped on the issue of whether or not transgender people should be allowed to use the public restrooms which best align with their gender identity. 

Actions, of course, speak louder than words, and by selecting Mike Pence as his running mate and tapping some of the nation's most anti-LGBTQ politicians for his cabinet, its clear Trump does not have the queer community's best interests at heart. 

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Stacey Dash

The conservative "Clueless" star turned out to be, well, just plain clueless this year. While promoting her new book, <i>There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative, </i>in June, Dash took aim at <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/caitlyn-jenner-bathroom-break_us_5722242ee4b0f309baefe3da">Caitlyn Jenner</a> for wanting to use the women’s restroom. <br /><br />“It’s tyranny by the minority,” Dash said referring to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kicker/these-are-the-transgender_b_9752266.html" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":4,"plid":"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kicker/these-are-the-transgender_b_9752266.html"}}">the political battle over trans rights</a>. “Why do I have to suffer because you can’t decide what you wanna be that day? It’s your body! So, it’s your decision, right? We all make choices.”<br /><br />When it was pointed out that transgender people wouldn’t classify their gender identity as a “choice,” Dash wasn’t having it. “OK, then go [to the bathroom] in the bushes,” she fired back. “I don’t know what to tell you, but I’m not gonna put my child’s life at risk because you want to change a law. So that you can be comfortable with your beliefs — which means I have to change my beliefs and my rights? No.”<br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stacey-dash-transgender-bathrooms_us_57502a53e4b0c3752dcc8848">Read more here</a>.
The conservative "Clueless" star turned out to be, well, just plain clueless this year. While promoting her new book, There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative, in June, Dash took aim at Caitlyn Jenner for wanting to use the women’s restroom. 

“It’s tyranny by the minority,” Dash said referring to the political battle over trans rights. “Why do I have to suffer because you can’t decide what you wanna be that day? It’s your body! So, it’s your decision, right? We all make choices.”

When it was pointed out that transgender people wouldn’t classify their gender identity as a “choice,” Dash wasn’t having it. “OK, then go [to the bathroom] in the bushes,” she fired back. “I don’t know what to tell you, but I’m not gonna put my child’s life at risk because you want to change a law. So that you can be comfortable with your beliefs — which means I have to change my beliefs and my rights? No.”

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Phil Bryant

The Mississippi governor faced a backlash in April when he signed his state’s <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mississippi-religious-freedom-bill_us_5703f13ce4b083f5c6090dfb" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":1,"plid":"us_5703f13ce4b083f5c6090dfb"}}">radical anti-LGBT bill</a> into law. <br /><br />House Bill 1523 allows people with religious objections to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mississippi-religious-freedom-bill_us_5703f13ce4b083f5c6090dfb">deny wedding services</a> to same-sex couples, and clears the way for employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/phil-bryant-anti-lgbt-law_us_574f15cce4b0c3752dcc26a4">Republican lawmaker slammed</a> the pushback he received from the “secular, progressive world” after he signed the bill, and compared much of the criticism he’d received over House Bill 1523 to the various ways that “Christians have been persecuted throughout the ages.”<br /><br />“They don’t know that if it takes crucifixion, we will stand in line before abandoning our faith and our belief in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” he said. “So if we are going to stand, now is the time and this is the place.” <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/phil-bryant-anti-lgbt-law_us_574f15cce4b0c3752dcc26a4">Read more here</a>.
The Mississippi governor faced a backlash in April when he signed his state’s radical anti-LGBT bill into law. 

House Bill 1523 allows people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples, and clears the way for employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies.

The Republican lawmaker slammed the pushback he received from the “secular, progressive world” after he signed the bill, and compared much of the criticism he’d received over House Bill 1523 to the various ways that “Christians have been persecuted throughout the ages.”

“They don’t know that if it takes crucifixion, we will stand in line before abandoning our faith and our belief in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” he said. “So if we are going to stand, now is the time and this is the place.” 

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Jeff Landry

The Louisiana attorney general may have an <a href="http://www.fox8live.com/story/33764811/attorney-generals-brother-takes-a-stand-on-lgbt-equality" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":1,"plid":"http://www.fox8live.com/story/33764811/attorney-generals-brother-takes-a-stand-on-lgbt-equality"}}">openly gay brother</a>, but that doesn’t mean he’s on board with protecting members of the LGBTQ community in the workplace. <br /><br />In December, the Republican applauded a state judge’s decision to toss out <a href="http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/12/louisiana_lgbt_order.html" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":4,"plid":"http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/12/louisiana_lgbt_order.html"}}">an executive order </a>issued by Louisiana Gov. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/john-bel-edwards/" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":5,"plid":"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/john-bel-edwards/"}}">John Bel Edwards</a>, which had <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/louisiana-governor-john-bel-edwards-lgbt-rights-order-judge/" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":6,"plid":"http://www.cbsnews.com/news/louisiana-governor-john-bel-edwards-lgbt-rights-order-judge/"}}">aimed to prevent discrimination</a> based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state jobs. <br /><br />When Landry was asked about his brother, <a href="http://www.landryforlouisianaequality.com/" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":10,"plid":"http://www.landryforlouisianaequality.com/"}}">Nicholas</a>, who is openly gay, he said the siblings had discussed their respective stances on LGBTQ equality. <br /><br />“Look, I love my brother. That’s unquestionable... [But] we have to respect the law," he said. "We have to respect the Constitution.” <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nicholas-landry-louisiana-gay-brother_us_58540f0ee4b08debb7888e99">Read more here</a>. 
The Louisiana attorney general may have an openly gay brother, but that doesn’t mean he’s on board with protecting members of the LGBTQ community in the workplace. 

In December, the Republican applauded a state judge’s decision to toss out an executive order issued by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, which had aimed to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state jobs. 

When Landry was asked about his brother, Nicholas, who is openly gay, he said the siblings had discussed their respective stances on LGBTQ equality.

“Look, I love my brother. That’s unquestionable... [But] we have to respect the law," he said. "We have to respect the Constitution.” 

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Susan Olsen

The former child star who played Cindy Brady on “The Brady Bunch” made headlines in December when she unleashed a homophobic, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/susan-olsen-homophobic-rant-talk-show_us_584c749be4b0bd9c3dfd1fb3">slur-filled rant</a> against one of her critics.<br /><br />After actor Leon Acord accused her of spreading "misinformation" on a radio show she co-hosted, Olsen allegedly <a href="http://hollywoodlife.com/2016/12/11/susan-olsen-homophobic-rant-fired-la-talk-radio-brady-bunch-actor/" target="_blank">blasted him</a> as a “pussy” and the “biggest faggot a** in the world” in a Dec. 7 Facebook message. Days later, it was announced that LA Talk Radio had severed its ties with Olsen because of “hateful speech." Olsen would later argue that the controversy stemmed from <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cindy-brady-homophobic-response_us_5857fa42e4b08debb789e90e">her outspoken support</a> of President-elect Donald Trump. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cindy-brady-homophobic-response_us_5857fa42e4b08debb789e90e">Read more here</a>.
The former child star who played Cindy Brady on “The Brady Bunch” made headlines in December when she unleashed a homophobic, slur-filled rant against one of her critics.

After actor Leon Acord accused her of spreading "misinformation" on a radio show she co-hosted, Olsen allegedly blasted him as a “pussy” and the “biggest faggot a** in the world” in a Dec. 7 Facebook message. Days later, it was announced that LA Talk Radio had severed its ties with Olsen because of “hateful speech." Olsen would later argue that the controversy stemmed from her outspoken support of President-elect Donald Trump. 

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Brian Brown

The president of National Organization for Marriage (NOM) vowed to ramp up his fight against the LGBTQ community this year. In early December, Brown announced the launch of the <a href="http://www.nomblog.com/41207/" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":4,"plid":"http://www.nomblog.com/41207/"}}">International Organization for the Family</a>, or IOF, which aims to “take the global fight to preserve and protect marriage to a whole new level.” <br /><br />Calling IOF a “great development for the international pro-family movement,” he said the group “is assembling a coalition of allies to take the worldwide lead in fighting for marriage, religious liberty, parental rights, the truth of gender and other issues.”   <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/international-organization-for-the-family_us_584f0c76e4b0bd9c3dfe17fd">Read more here</a>. 
The president of National Organization for Marriage (NOM) vowed to ramp up his fight against the LGBTQ community this year. In early December, Brown announced the launch of the International Organization for the Family, or IOF, which aims to “take the global fight to preserve and protect marriage to a whole new level.”

Calling IOF a “great development for the international pro-family movement,” he said the group “is assembling a coalition of allies to take the worldwide lead in fighting for marriage, religious liberty, parental rights, the truth of gender and other issues.”   

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ATLAH World Missionary Church

The church, based in New York's Harlem neighborhood, has <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/james-david-manning-starbucks-semen_us_55c23b00e4b0f7f0bebb2fb8">a long-standing reputation</a> for being outspoken in its opposition to the LGBTQ community.<br /><br />This year, however, it looked like the ATLAH World Missionary Church <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/atlah-church-lgbt-fundraiser_us_56aba730e4b00b033aaee6f5">might be</a> finally getting its comeuppance when the <a href="http://www.aliforneycenter.org/" target="_blank">Ali Forney Center</a>, a homeless LGBTQ youth advocacy group, launched <a href="http://aliforneycenter.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=531" target="_blank">an online fundraiser</a> hoping to repurpose the church as housing for its clients. The building was reportedly <a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160128/central-harlem/homophobic-pastors-harlem-church-up-for-public-auction-over-unpaid-debts" target="_blank">due to be sold</a> at a foreclosure auction. <br /><br />Sadly, though, the foreclosure attempt has since been <a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160901/central-harlem/controversial-atlah-church-avoids-foreclosure-once-again" target="_blank">thwarted</a>, at least for now. That meant Pastor James David Manning went <a href="http://www.newnownext.com/james-david-manning-cancer-butthole/09/2016/" target="_blank">right back</a> to his homophobic sermons as if nothing had happened. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/atlah-church-lgbt-fundraiser_us_56aba730e4b00b033aaee6f5">Read more here</a>.
The church, based in New York's Harlem neighborhood, has a long-standing reputation for being outspoken in its opposition to the LGBTQ community.

This year, however, it looked like the ATLAH World Missionary Church might be finally getting its comeuppance when the Ali Forney Center, a homeless LGBTQ youth advocacy group, launched an online fundraiser hoping to repurpose the church as housing for its clients. The building was reportedly due to be sold at a foreclosure auction. 

Sadly, though, the foreclosure attempt has since been thwarted, at least for now. That meant Pastor James David Manning went right back to his homophobic sermons as if nothing had happened. 

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Kim Davis

The Kentucky county clerk became <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-huckabee-kim-davis-slavery_us_55ec61c4e4b03784e2761cb6">a darling for the religious right</a> in 2015 when she<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kim-davis-pope_us_560b8eeee4b0768126ffd324"> refused to issue marriage licenses</a> to same-sex couples in the wake of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/26/supreme-court-gay-marriage_n_7470036.html">Supreme Court's historic ruling</a> on marriage equality.  <br /><br />Thankfully, Davis spent much of 2016 out of the public eye, but when she did appear, it was merely to reiterate her opposition to LGBTQ rights. <br /><br />In September, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky <a href="https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/miller-v-davis-motion-award-attorneys-fees-and-costs" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":6,"plid":"https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/miller-v-davis-motion-award-attorneys-fees-and-costs"}}">filed a motion in federal court</a> asking for $233,058 to cover attorney’s fees and other legal expenses incurred during the lawsuit it brought last year <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kim-davis-federal-motion_us_57e2faefe4b08d73b82f5a4d">on behalf of four couples</a> when Davis was refusing to issue marriage licenses. Of course, Davis’s lawyers urged U.S. District Judge David Bunning to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kim-davis-legal-fees_us_581a5a11e4b08f9841ad12b5">deny the ACLU’s motion</a>. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kim-davis-legal-fees_us_581a5a11e4b08f9841ad12b5">Read more here</a>. <br />
The Kentucky county clerk became a darling for the religious right in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court's historic ruling on marriage equality.  

Thankfully, Davis spent much of 2016 out of the public eye, but when she did appear, it was merely to reiterate her opposition to LGBTQ rights. 

In September, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky filed a motion in federal court asking for $233,058 to cover attorney’s fees and other legal expenses incurred during the lawsuit it brought last year on behalf of four couples when Davis was refusing to issue marriage licenses. Of course, Davis’s lawyers urged U.S. District Judge David Bunning to deny the ACLU’s motion

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