Former U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell announced last week that he will be joining the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) as Special Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy, according to Queerty.
In choosing to work for ACLJ, Grenell, who is openly gay, is joining up with an organization that pushes “a conservative Christian agenda in the law process, denying LGBTQ people legal protections and working to erode those of other marginalized people as well,” the outlet noted.
- ACLJ was founded by the anti-LBGTQ Evangelical leader Pat Robertson.
- In a statement, Grenell said he has “admired” the organization’s work for a long time.
“I’m excited to be joining the ACLJ,” Grenell said in a statement. “I have admired their work for years. This group has been instrumental in defending religious freedom here and around the world, and upholding the Constitution. Two issues that I also consider of utmost importance, especially as faith and liberty continually fall under attack. I look forward to being a part of their incredible organization.”
- Queerty noted that “nowhere in the ACLJ’s press release does it mention that Grenell is a gay man, married to another man.”
- This is unsurprising, the publication wrote, particularly “ be because the ACLJ has a long history of opposing marriage equality.”
The group also has endured criticism for pushing the suppression of LGBTQ rights worldwide, including helping to draft anti-queer language into the constitution of Zimbabwe. Homosexual sex remains punishable by imprisonment there. The group also supported the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda and Kenya as well.
- The report also noted that Grenell criticized the queer rights movement last month while speaking to the Log Cabin Republicans: “They try and bully us into silence. Yesterday’s champions of diversity are today’s intolerance.”