The wife of Vice President Mike Pence, Karen Pence, lobbied for a Republican who has claimed homosexuality should be criminalized.
Mrs. Pence appeared at the Women for Mark Harris rally in North Carolina and was pushing for a better standing of the candidate among women voters.
“I’m here because this race is so important,” Mrs Pence said at the rally. “The road to the majority leads right through North Carolina. This seat, this race, it is critical to keeping the majority in Congress.”
“We need good men like Mark Harris in Congress to keep the country moving ahead,” the vice president’s wife said.
However, many disagree with Mrs. Pence since Harris has openly spoken against the LGBT community. In footage from 2015, published by Media Matters, Harris is speaking at a “rally for liberty” where he described the county’s standpoint on homosexuality as “moral degradation,” adding that it should be illegal.
“In one generation you and I have witnessed this country sliding from a nation who once shared a moral vision based on Judeo-Christian ethic to a nation floundering in moral decay,” Harris says in the video. “In one generation we have watched our nation who once believed in lifelong marriages to the same spouse to a divorce rate now well over 50 percent. We have watched in one generation where homosexuality was once criminalized to now we see the criminalization of Christianity. And I could go on and on with the entertainment, with the education, with the life issue.”
In addition, Harris has been endorsed by the Family Research Council, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and has claimed that the push for LGBT rights was part of an effort to “eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order.”
Vice President Pence also has a relationship with the anti-gay group. Last month he became the first vice president to address the annual Voter Values Summit, a conference hosted by the Family Research Council. Pence spoke immediately following a panel titled, “How Gender Ideology Harms Children.”