Sen. Kelly Loeffler donates to two anti-LGBTQ groups in Georgia

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler – locked in a tight runoff election – donated a chunk of her Senate salary to at least two anti-LGBTQ organizations in Georgia. 

The $7,600 in donations to two anti-LGBTQ groups are among 10 donations of $3,800 each that Loeffler made in November. Buzzfeed News first reported that one of the recipients – Covenant Care Adoptions, a Macon-based organization with counselors in Atlanta – opposes LGBTQ equality. The group’s “Statement of Faith” disavows LGBTQ marriages, charges that transgender people reject God and compares homosexuality and bisexuality to bestiality and incest. 

A Project Q Atlanta review of Loeffler’s donations uncovered a second anti-LGBTQ organization among the recipients: A Beacon of Hope. The pregnancy care center in Johns Creek rejects LGBTQ marriages and states that sex is only for marriages between one man and one woman.

News of the donations comes amid a tight runoff between Loeffler, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock on Jan. 5. Warnock strongly backs LGBTQ equality, and his campaign reaches out to LGBTQ voters.

When she announced the donations, Loeffler said the anti-LGBTQ groups and other recipients “embody the best of Georgia and the best of America.”

“This quarter, I’m proud to donate my salary to 10 Georgia-based organizations that are on the frontlines lifting Georgians up and providing life-changing resources and support to so many,” Loeffler said in a press release. “As we enter the holiday season, it’s important to give thanks for the selfless sacrifices that so many across our state make for others, and I look forward to seeing all the great work these organizations will continue to do in the months and years to come.”

“Charitable organizations and nonprofits embody the best of Georgia and the best of America, and they play a critical role in fostering thriving communities across our state,” Loeffler added.

Loeffler, one of the richest members of Congress, donates portions of her $174,000 annual Senate salary to charity each quarter. A Beacon of Hope and Covenant Care Adoptions were among Loeffler’s fourth-quarter donations.

Covenant Care Adoptions won’t provide its adoption services to married LGBTQ couples and requires that employees, volunteers and clients agree to its “Statement of Faith.” The document states:

“We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.”

“We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.”

“We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.”

A Beacon of Hope rejects LGBTQ equality in its “Sexuality & Marriage” statement:

“A Beacon of Hope respects the Biblical perspective that the sanctity of sex is to be between a husband and a wife within the context of a healthy marriage relationship. A Beacon of Hope also stands firm in it’s belief that marriage is an institution to be respected.”

The organization’s 23rd Annual Gala in January will be headlined by Mike Huckabee, a former GOP presidential candidate with a lengthy anti-LGBTQ past.

HRC President Alphonso David (Photo by Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign)

Loeffler ‘out-of-step with modern America’

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, criticized Loeffler’s donations and said they “reaffirm her disdain” for LGBTQ equality.

“Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s involvement with a virulent, extremist anti-LGBTQ adoption agency is shameful and something she must answer for, as the eyes of the country turn to Georgia to decide control of the Senate,” David said in a press release. 

“The people of Georgia overwhelmingly believe LGBTQ people should have the right to create loving families and adopt children. Loeffler’s beliefs are not just out-of-step with modern America, they are out of step with voters. Her decision to associate with this discriminatory group only reaffirms her disdain for LGBTQ equality, making her unfit to represent Georgia in Washington,” he added.

The donations to the anti-LGBTQ groups are part of Loeffler’s track record attacking LGBTQ equality since Gov. Brian Kemp appointed her to office in January.

Loeffler targeted transgender people in a bill she filed in September and supports anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” legislation. She also helped confirm an anti-LGBTQ judge, Andrew Brasher, to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

Warnock, endorsed by HRC, said he’s been an LGBTQ advocate for years and would fight “mealy-mouthed” foes of LGBTQ equality in the U.S. Senate. 

“I have been a strong ally of the LGBTQ community in Atlanta both inside and outside of my church,” Warnock said during an interview with Project Q Atlanta. “When President Obama came out in support for marriage equality in 2012, I celebrated from the pulpit because as a pro-LGBTQ+ pastor I believe supporting all people, and especially marginalized communities, is a responsibility of all people and especially those in the church.”

“I’ve also worked to help reduce the stigma around things such as the HIV epidemic through my work and called on my fellow faith leaders to affirm the humanity and equality of people that identify as LGBTQ+ because what affects one of us, affects us all. How we treat the marginalized is the acid test of our faith,” he added.

This story is made possible by a grant from the Election SOS Rapid Response Fund.

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