Mathew Staver, the founder and chairman
of Liberty Counsel, has pledged that his group will lobby the next
Congress to restore “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law that bans
gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have totally disgraced their
respective offices throughout the 111th Congress, and
their handling of this vital issue is just the most recent example of
their betrayal of the public trust,” Staver said
in a release after
Congress approved repeal of the law over the weekend.
“Reflecting on this battle, I can
assure you there will be many more opportunities to confront
pro-homosexual activists in the legal and legislative arenas. I feel
certain these radical groups have already picked their next target in
their ongoing efforts to force their perverse will on America. The
war is far from over. Here's our message to our armed forces: 'Take
heart, because the American people will not allow this travesty to
“This action will be overturned in
the next Congress,” he added.
Staver also predicted a backlash for
President Obama, who backed repeal of the 17-year-old law:
“President Obama will also pay a price, and will see that the
insatiable demands of the homosexual community will only increase.”
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently added Liberty Counsel to
its list of known hate groups for its anti-gay rhetoric.