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Homosexuality Has Cost The U.S. Government 'More Than $225 Billion,' Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver Claims

04/17/2015 02:01 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
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Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver slammed the "cost of homosexuality" in a radio bulletin this week.

Staver, who is no stranger to anti-gay declarations, claimed that the U.S. government has spent "more than $225 billion" on homosexuality over the course of 26 years, resulting in "the breakdown of the family culture" and other "social consequences," Right Wing Watch first reported.

Founded in 1989, the Liberty Counsel is a nonprofit Christian policy organization whose aim is to "preserve religious liberty and help create and maintain a society in which everyone will have the opportunity to discover the truth that will give true freedom," according to its website.

"Studies repeatedly show that homosexual conduct can result in significant cost to the community that encourages it," he says, though he does not specify the "studies" he is referencing nor provides any additional background information, in the bulletin. "Same-sex marriage leads to the devaluation of both a mother and a father, who each provide a unique contribution to the family."

Staver's remarks echo those he made at a "Celebrate America" event in Washington D.C. last year. At the time, he argued that homosexuality is "unique from any other sin" because it is a "sin against your own body" and "a direct attack on who God is."

The right-wing lawyer and pundit, who has praised Russia, Uganda and Nigeria for their anti-LGBT laws, has also argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 were not reflective of "natural law, biblical law or common sense; it is contrary to the natural created order of God almighty."

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