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LGBT groups reach out to Family Research Council

Published: Thursday, Aug. 16 2012 11:34 a.m. MDT

Washington Police and FBI agents gather outside the Family Research Council in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, after security guard at the lobbying group was shot in the arm.

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

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Our take: Following Wednesday's shooting at the offices of the Family Research Council by a man who said he did not like the organization's politics, LGBT advocacy groups have offered condolences to the FRC, which strongly opposes gay marriage. In a display of compassion and cooperation, gay and lesbian alliances have condemned the shooter's actions and offered their support and prayers.

Shortly after news spread about the Wednesday morning shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Councils (FRC) headquarters by a gunman, Truth Wins Out, a non-profit organization that fights anti-gay religious extremism, posted the following press release:

This is an awful tragedy and our thoughts and hearts go out to the victim, his family, and his colleagues at the Family Research Council, said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. In America we settle political differences through robust debate in the public square, not with violence. If the shooting is found to be politically motivated, it is a detestable act of cruelty and cowardice and the perpetrator should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. We stand squarely with the Family Research Council today and offer them our full support and prayers.

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