Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry and other homophobic activists protested a campaign event for out presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in Iowa.
Terry told Associated Press reporter Alexandra Jaffe that Buttigieg “glorifies and normalizes a sinful behavior.”
At the Monday rally, Terry started yelling, “That is Sodom and Gomorrah,” but the cheers were downed out when supporters chanting “Pete,” as seen in video published by the Des Moines Register.
“The good news is the condition of my soul is in the hands of God,” Buttigieg then told supporters as protestors were drowned out, “but the Iowa caucuses are up to you.”
He then transitioned to discussing national security, which he describes as another issue that doesn’t belong to a single political party.
Protestors are continuing to follow Buttigieg in Iowa today as he continues his tour of the state after announcing a run for president on Sunday. CNN reporter Dan Merica reported this morning that Terry dressed as the devil to protest outside a Marshalltown House Party held for Buttigieg.
The same protesters from Buttigieg’s events yesterday are now outside his house party here in Marshalltown, Iowa this morning. Randall Terry is dressed as as the devil and has a speaker system. pic.twitter.com/2T8eReuRu6
— Dan Merica (@merica) April 17, 2019
Terry has a long history in extremist politics. He ran for state Senate as a Republican in Florida in 2006 on a promise of stopping gay parents from adopting children and preventing marriage inequality, but lost the primary.
In 2012, Terry launched a little-noticed Democratic primary challenge against President Barack Obama with his campaign at that time focusing on anti-abortion politics.
Terrry has often found himself in public conflict with his gay son Jamiel, who came out publicly in an essay published in Out. The right-wing activist disowned his son afterward, but he said he reconciled somewhat with Jamiel before his 2011 death in a Georgia car crash.