WASHINGTON, DC – New reporting in HuffPost this weekend revealed the extent of newly-minted Speaker Mike Johnson’s extreme anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion views, which have often intertwined with his business and political dealings.
Speaker Mike Johnson’s wife, Kelly Johnson, is the owner and president of Onward Christian Counseling Services, which claims to provide “biblically-based pastoral counseling.” Its operating agreement, uploaded and notarized by Speaker Johnson and signed by his wife Kelly, includes a statement of faith claiming that homosexuality is a “sexual immorality” comparable to both “bestiality” and “incest.” Another section of the agreement references the “sanctity of human life” and “pre-born babies,” arguing that life begins at conception — and suggesting that the Johnsons are against abortion in all forms and at any stage of pregnancy.
The more we learn about Speaker Mike Johnson, the worse it gets. His extensive far-right voting record and history of radical anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion statements make him one of the most extreme members of the House MAGA majority. A Speaker Johnson will only mean more attempts to force a far-right agenda on everyday Americans," said Accountable.US president Caroline Ciccone.
As HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendery notes, “comparing homosexuality to bestiality and incest was relatively common among Republicans in the early 2000s…Those comments have become far less acceptable ― but remain just as offensive ― as marriage equality has risen in popularity. Seventy-one percent of adults believe same-sex marriage should be legal, according to Gallup. Santorum apologized for his comments in 2015, the same year the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. Kelly Johnson’s document was drawn up two years after that.”
Accountable.US previously highlighted Speaker Johnson’s ties to the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group Alliance Defending Freedom and his long history of anti-LGBTQ advocacy, including an instance where Johnson called the LGBTQ opposing counsel a derogatory anti-LGBTQ term while defending a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in the Louisiana constitution.