Organization That Planned “Pro-Life Olympics” to Honor Anti-LGBT and Anti-Abortion Activists

People are truly scary. That they would attach the word Olympics to something so horrible denigrates the whole idea of the real Olympics.

An Australian cabinet minister, a British lawyer, and a Venezuelan activist are among those who will be honored later this year by the World Congress of Families (WCF), the U.S.-based global organization that opposes LGBT and abortion rights.

WCF made headlines over the last year for appearing to align itself closely with the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, planning a summit for September 2014 to be held in the Kremlin that it dubbed the “‘Olympics’ of the international Pro-Life movement supporting the Natural Family,” with funding by close Putin allies. The group announced it would postpone the event, which brings together social conservatives from around the globe, in late March, a month after Russian forces invaded Ukraine.

Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews will be named 2014’s “Natural Family Man” by the organization. Andrews, who was named social services minister by Prime Minister Tony Abbott following his election in August 2013, has long been a vocal opponent of abortion rights and marriage equality. He argued that countries should have “an explicit marriage and family policy” in his 2012 book, Maybe ‘I Do’: Modern Marriage and the Pursuit of Happiness, in which he asserted that marriage equality could lead to polygamy.

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