DeVos Invites Anti-LGBT Groups to Join Father’s Day Event in D.C.

The DeVos family foundations have long supported (even helped to found) anti-gay groups. Betsy DeVos’s mother was one of the major contributors to Prop 8 in California, which declared gay marriage illegal. Her family members are on the boards of Focus on the Family and Family Research Council. At her confirmation hearings, DeVos was asked about her connections to these anti-LGBT organizations, and of course she feigned innocence. When asked about her being listed as a member of the board of her mother’s foundation, which is rabidly anti-gay, she claimed she was not on the board. When asked why her name was listed as an officer of that board, she said it was a clerical error. The same clerical error occurred over fourteen years, even though the IRS returns were audited.

The National Parent Teacher Association withdrew from the conference.

A personal note: my younger son is gay. He and his husband are spectacular fathers. They have two beautiful sons. They would surely be unwelcome at this conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

Politico reported:

‘FATHERS AND FAMILY’ EVENT AT ED INCLUDES ANTI-GAY GROUPS: The Education Department is hosting a daylong conference today about engaging fathers in their children’s education and welfare that will include two conservative Christian groups that oppose LGBT rights, according to an agenda obtained by POLITICO. The Trump administration’s “Engaging Fathers and Families” conference will convene a range of education, community and faith-based organizations to discuss family engagement. Representatives from the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family are among the speakers listed for the event, which is being held ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday.

– During her confirmation hearing, DeVos sought to distance herself from Focus on the Family , a conservative Christian group that has pushed so-called “conversion therapy” for gay and lesbian individuals. The group also promotes creationism, school prayer and traditional gender roles. DeVos and her husband have given hundreds of thousands to the group, though they haven’t donated in more than a decade. DeVos said at the time that she’s never believed in “conversion therapy” and that her personal views shouldn’t be confused with those of her family members. DeVos claimed it was a “clerical error” that she was listed as an officer on her parents’ foundation, which has continued to donate to the group in recent years.

– The conference includes several more mainstream groups, including: The National Parent Teacher Association, the Baltimore-based Center for Urban Families, the National Child Research Center, as well as leaders from Washington D.C. and Prince George’s County public schools. “I’m looking forward to speaking about the importance of engaging fathers and father figures in the educational process,” Eric Snow, the executive director of WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), said in an email. Several top Trump administration officials at the Education Department are slated to speak, including Acting Undersecretary James Manning and Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Jason Botel.”

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