Robin Roberts' coming out condemned by anti-gay rights activist Peter LaBarbera

Sat. January 4, 2014 10:24 AM by

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), has described Robin Roberts' coming out as a "tragedy."

On Sunday, the 53-year-old Roberts, a co-host of ABC's Good Morning America, publicly acknowledged for the first time that she is in a relationship with girlfriend Amber Laign.

"I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together," Roberts wrote in a Facebook post.

First Lady Michelle Obama was among those who congratulated Roberts.

(Related: Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama, Thomas Roberts congratulate Robin Roberts on coming out.)

"I think every coming out is a tragedy," LaBarbera said during an interview with Vic Eliason of VCY America. "Every time a person comes out openly as a homosexual, it's an extra step of defiance, of advocacy. And how sad that our First Lady and the White House in general and President Obama as well all celebrate homosexuality."

LaBarbera called the marriage equality movement "evil," saying that "the homosexual so-called marriage movement has become a huge platform to corrupt children."

Later in the program, LaBarbera described the transgender community as Satanic.

"Transgender advocacy are people who believe that their biological sex, male or female, doesn't match what they feel. I'll tell you what Vic, Satan really works through feelings, doesn't he?" LaBarbera said.

"You know, Peter, years and years ago the old fashioned circus used to have a display in some kind of a cage or a display factor that had a 'bearded lady' as a freak," Eliason said. "Today we don't even have to worry about that, it will be happening in your department stores, it will be happening in the public school, the issue of cross-dresses and transvestites and all of this type of thing certainly is what you're talking about."

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