Anti-gay bigot loses wife … to a woman

Anti-gay bigot loses wife … to a woman

Just months before Jonathan Saenz became President of a Christ-centred anti-gay hate group, Texas Values, his wife left him for her female lover.

Jonathan Saenz, who recently agreed with a right-wing host on Raging Elephants Radio that gays were determined to put Christians in concentration camps, is a devout Catholic wingnut who had been working for many years on abortion and religious liberty cases as a staff attorney for the Plano-based Liberty Legal Institute.

But according to this report, it wasn’t until recently that Saenz emerged as one of the state’s best-known – and most extreme – anti-LGBT voices.

Court records indicate that Saenz’s ex-wife, Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz, is a member of the LGBT community who was dating another woman when she filed for divorce from Saenz in August 2011.

In early 2012, with their divorce still pending, Saenz would take the helm of Texas Values after the group spun off from the Liberty Legal Institute, where he’d risen to chief lobbyist.

With Saenz as President, Texas Values has led the charge against not only same-sex marriage, but also passage of LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances in San Antonio and Houston. In fighting the ordinances, Saenz has often repeated the debunked right-wing myth that sexual predators would use the laws to prey on women and children in toilets.

Saenz helped push an amendment to the 2014 Texas GOP platform endorsing the discredited practice of gay conversion therapy. In media interviews, Saenz has stated that same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy and people marrying their stepchildren.

During their divorce, Jonathan Saenz unsuccessfully sought to permanently bar Corrine Saenz’s girlfriend from being in the presence of the couples children. At one point, he also sought to jail his ex-wife for failing to undergo an evaluation by a psychologist of his choosing – even though he refused to pay the psychologist’s $2,500 fee.

In her original petition for divorce, Corrine Saenz alleged their marriage was

Insupportable due to discord or conflict of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of marriage and prevents reasonable expectations of reconciliation.

In his initial response, Jonathan Saenz denied that claim and asked the court to refuse to grant the divorce on those grounds.

Jonathan Saenz also sought an order barring Corrine Saenz from allowing

Any unrelated adult, with whom the parent has an intimate, romantic, emotional, and/or dating relationship to remain in the presence of the children, including but not limited to Ercimin Paredes, AKA Ercilia M Paredes.

Paredes was Corrine Saenz’s girlfriend, court records indicate, and they both taught at Becker Elementary School in the Austin Independent School District.

According to court records, Jonathan Saenz alleged that Corrine Saenz was

Deeply involved in her relationship with Ms Paredes as early as the fall of 2010.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake.

13 responses to “Anti-gay bigot loses wife … to a woman”

  1. Ivan says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he was gay as well. Aside from the obsessive homophobia which tends towards being a bit of a give-away, it would hardly be the first time two closet cases (particularly religious types) have found a convenient cover story with a partner who they sensed would not make much in the way of sexual demands beyond the need for a child or two.

  2. L.Long says:

    I have never yet met a homophobic that was not gay and hating himself and every other gay because of it.
    His wife can’t even tolerate have him around, that says tons about him!!!
    Too bad he doesn’t know what irony is.

  3. Robster says:

    Is the silly twit embarrassed? Hope so. Chuckle.

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    Women who exchange their natural relations for unnatural ones are sinners! That’s what it says in Romans 1:26-27, and Romans is in the Bible, and Christians must follow the Bible.

    And what does Romans 1:32 say – yes, only three verses later, same chapter, same Bible – what does it say? Go on, what does it say? “They which commit such things are worthy of death.” Does Mr. Saenz believe in the Bible or not? Because if he does, he needs to come out and say he hopes his wife dies.

    I have every sympathy for those going through a divorce, and I hope they all find peace of mind and happiness after this difficult time. But as far as selectively citing a book of mean-spirited ghost stories invented by illiterate goat herders thousands of years ago to justify legal action against people who may or may not share the same superstition – well, in that regard Mr. Saenz can join the men who sit on the wall in II Kings 18:27.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    @ Ivan

    Agreed. He’ll no doubt get caught with some rent boy in a seedy motel before too long.

  6. barriejohn says:

    “When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

    Jonathan believes in religious liberty…

    Mr. Saenz helped lead the State Board Education battle to prevent censorship in the Science classroom and protect strong Social Studies & History teaching. He was instrumental in the passage of Texas laws to protect religious liberty, Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, “Under God” in the Texas pledge, the Sonogram Bill, and many others. He has help lead efforts to defend against attacks on parental rights, marriage, the elected State Board of Education, and abstinence sex education in the state of Texas.

    What we’re talking about here is the “liberty” to do exactly as he and his tribe say. Obviously, “prevent(ing) censorship in the Science classroom” means allowing teachers to present whatever nonsense they choose as “the truth”!

  7. barriejohn says:

    Guess what?

    “There’s a very, very small group of people who want to keep the party in the past. We were here today to try to pull the party into the future,” said Rudy Oeftering, vice president of the gay conservative group Metroplex Republicans. “The only way the party can go into the future is to start listening to young people, to start listening to people who have gay family members.”

    Oeftering and allies had lined up to speak against the therapy language that had been added earlier this week. But they never got a chance to address delegates, because a parliamentary motion to approve the full platform was called first.

    Under the new plank, the Texas GOP recognizes “the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle”…

    “The platform reflects what the people in the Republican Party have asked for, and that should be no surprise: family values, protection of marriage between one man and one woman and everything that goes along with that,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of the conservative group Texas Values and a convention delegate.

    I remember reading about that on the Pink News site recently, but took little notice of the name Saenz.

    How long before the bastard’s outed?

  8. barriejohn says:

    Great comment on that last site:

    I thought conservatives wanted the government to stay out of people’s lives!!

    Don’t make me laugh!

  9. Broga says:

    They must have had a great time together when they were married. Isn’t faith, taking Jesus into your heart, prayer and assorted religious bullshit supposed to smooth the troubles of life? Are they not all supposed to be kind to each other, turn the other cheek (I’m referring to that on the face), and joyful in their faith and expectation of paradise? These Christians so often seem bitter, angry, cruel and frustrated.

    I am an atheist. My wife is an atheist. My children are atheists. And I expect my grandchildren to be atheists. At the risk of being a bit smug, but in order to make a point, we are all one happy (as far as one ever is in life) family. And this despite not having a religious faith. Does faith set up expectations and requirements that are impossible to meet and cause the misery it claims to avoid?

  10. barriejohn says:

    Broga: The Bible has the secret of a happy marriage!

    “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church.” (Eph.5:22&23)

  11. A Confused Atheist says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me if this hateful figure also has a secret desire to partake in relations with the same gender. Rumours circulated about Adolf Hitler around the Night of the Long Knives – and what about Fred Phelps, hey(?)

  12. jay says:

    “I thought conservatives wanted the government to stay out of people’s lives!!

    Don’t make me laugh!”

    In the US, both the left and right use the language of ‘freedom’, but won’t walk the walk. All they really mean is ‘freedom to behave and think the way they feel you should”

    A pox on both their houses.

  13. Matt Westwood says:

    No, I reckon it’s doubtful that Hitler was gay, he had a taste for women, at least a particular type: blonde and athletic from what I understand.

    What *is* suspected of Hitler is that he had unhealthy teeth which caused him no end of toothache — which may go some way to explain his permanent bad temper. Just think how the history of the world would have been different had he taken the time out to get some decent dentistry work done.