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Anti-LGBT Texas Lt. Gov. Deletes ‘Reap What You Sow’ Tweet

Anti-LGBT Texas Lt. Gov. Deletes ‘Reap What You Sow’ Tweet

Reap What You Sow

The politician -- proudly opposed to LGBT rights -- says the message was not a statement about the Orlando massacre victims.

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Dan Patrick, Texas's antigay, anti-trans lieutenant governor, deleted a tweet that seemed to direct blame at the victims of the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, but deleted it after a firestorm erupted.

The tweet, published at 7 a.m. Austin time, read, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." -Galatians 6-7

After Twitter exploded in anger, a spokesman with Patrick's office told The Dallas Morning News the tweet was scheduled before the shooting and "was certainly not done with any foreknowledge of the events of the day."

Another Bible verse was released a half hour later: "The salvation of the righteous comes from the lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble." -Psalm 37:39

The first tweet was deleted, but the second one remains on his feed as of 12:45 p.m. Eastern. Patrick has not tweeted a message about the massacre.

Patrick recently announced he's encouraging Texas public schools to defy guidance from President Obama's administration that trans students be accommodated in facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms. "I will be sending a letter to every superintendent in the state of Texas," he said at the time, "letting them know that they should not move forward on the president's guidelines."

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.