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.