Ex-gay activist exposed on Grindr
So-called “ex-gay” activist Matt Moore, who was caught with a profile on the gay dating app Grindr, said he was only curious about the app. He said he avoided all sexual conversations and did not exchange any nude photos.
“Basically I just wanted to see who was on it and who was around me,” Moore said. “I can honestly say that I didn’t have any kind of sexual conversations with anyone. Anyone who sent me any kind of explicit photos or conversations, I blocked immediately. The first time I got on it, I wanted to go out and I wanted to go to the gay bars in New Orleans. So I was trying to meet someone on there to basically tag along with. That was the reason I was originally on it.”
Moore later claimed he sold his computer and locked his phone to avoid the temptation of gay dating apps and sites.
Sanford elected to U.S. Congress
Formerly disgraced Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford won a special election to represent the state’s 1st Congressional District. Sanford beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch with a 54 to 45 percent margin. Sanford, who says he opposes marriage equality, was under fire during his gubernatorial reign for an affair he was having with an Argentine woman. He told staffers he was hiking when in fact he was visiting his mistress.
Weber State University to name building after Boyd Packer
Weber State University’s new Center for Family building will be named after Mormon apostle and outspoken anti-gay advocate Boyd Packer. The alumnus was chosen because of his work in education and families, a university press release read. However, Packer has a storied past with marriage equality and has even advocated against interracial marriage.
“We’ve always counseled in the church for our Mexican members to marry Mexicans, our Japanese members to marry Japanese, our Caucasians to marry Caucasians, our Polynesian members to marry Polynesians. The counsel has been wise,” Packer said.
He has also said the greatest threats to society were “the gay‑lesbian movement, the feminist movement and the ever‑present challenge from the so‑called scholars or intellectuals.”