Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Helped Protect an Anti-Gay Legislator Accused of Fondling a Teen Boy
An unnamed 20-year-old man has accused Wes Goodman — the anti-gay Ohio Republican State Representative who recently resigned over “inappropriate conduct” with another man in his office — of fondling him two years ago while at a conservative political conference led by Tony Perkins, the leader of the Family Research Council, an anti-gay hate group. Perkins knew of the alleged molestation and helped keep it secret as Goodman rose to power, correspondence uncovered by The Washington Post found.
The accuser was 18 years old when he allegedly met Goodman in his room at the hotel where the conservative Council for National Policy was hosting its conference. The young man says that Goodman invited him to a party on Capitol Hill, invited him to share a bed with Goodman back at his room, then, at 4 a.m., unzipped his pants and fondled him. The teen then ran away and told his mother and stepfather who demanded that Perkins take action.
The Washington Post reports that the young man’s stepfather wrote to Perkins, who is also president of the Council for National Policy. The stepfather wrote, “If we endorse these types of individuals, then it would seem our whole weekend together was nothing more than a charade.”
Perkins responded, “Trust me … this will not be ignored nor swept aside. It will be dealt with swiftly, but with prudence.”
However, the incident never became public, “nor did unspecified prior ‘similar incidents’ Perkins referred to in a letter to candidate Wesley Goodman,” The Washington Post reports.
According to The Washington Post:
The correspondence shows Perkins privately asked Goodman to drop out of the race and suspended him from the council, but Goodman continued his campaign and went on to defeat two fellow Republicans in a hotly contested primary before winning his seat last November.
The Council for National Policy had helped fundraise for Goodman’s campaign. The Council officially broke ties with Goodman eight weeks after the alleged fondling incident.
The Washington Post sayid that neither Perkins, the stepfather nor Goodman have responded to requests for comment.
As president of the Family Research Council, Perkins has helped push a global anti-LGBTQ agenda that views homosexuality and transgender identity as a deadly but curable illness.
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