Chuck Colson, known for his work with President Richard Nixon, has died. He was 80.
The born again Christian is listed on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's 'Commentator Accountability Project.' Over the years Colson has said being gay is a bigger health risk than smoking, compared Proposition 8 protestors to Nazis. and was opposed to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. He also insisted 'ex-gay' therapy worked (in 2009 the American Psychological Association passed a resolution saying there was no scientific research to support reparative therapy).
'Gays and lesbians don’t want marriage; they want their sexual choices affirmed as normal and moral,' Colson said in a 2011 September commentary. 'And that’s what’s behind the blacklisting, boycotting, and suing anybody who even questions homosexuality. They don’t want anyone telling them that how they live is morally problematic. Gays are actively trying to destroy marriage and will take away our freedom of speech and religion in order to do it.'
As reported in Politco's obituary, Colson helped run Nixon's Committee to Re-elect the President when it was decided to gather information on the Democratic Party. In 1972 the committee's security director, and four other men, were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices — located in the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. This burglary led to Nixon's 1974 resignation.
During the Watergate investigation, it was discovered Colson played a role in attempting to discredit a Pentagon analyst. Colson eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges, serving seven months in prison.