- This month, a GOP Congressman begged his colleagues to vote against same-sex marriage legislation.
- Representative Vicky Hartzler’s niece, who is gay, described him as “homophobic” in a now-viral TikTok video.
- Andrew Hartzler said on Monday he was invited to the White House to watch Biden sign the bill.
President Joe Biden has invited the gay nephew of the GOP Congressman, who has described marriage equality as “misguided” and “dangerous,” to the White House to watch him turn marriage equality into law.
On Monday, Andrew Hartzler, nephew of GOP Representative Vicky Hartzler from Missouri, posted a TikTok video of her attending the signing ceremony at the White House on Dec.
“When Congress voted the Respect for Marriage Act, my aunt Vicky started crying because she didn’t want gay people like me to get married,” the 24-year-old said in the video.
“So I made a TikTok and it kind of exploded, and then I was invited to the White House to watch President Biden sign the bill,” he added.
TikTok video shows Hartzler at the White House during the ceremony with “Aunt Vicky, who?”
The Respect for Marriage Act requires states to recognize any marriage in another state and repeals the federal “Defense Marriage Act”, which previously defined marriage only between a man and a woman.
As Congress voted on the bill earlier this month, GOP congressman Vicky Hartzler burst into tears on the House floor as she voiced her opposition to the bill.
He called the bill “misguided” and “dangerous” and claimed it would be used to “drive people of faith from the square and silence dissent”. The video of his speech quickly went viral.
Responding to her aunt’s speech in a TikTok video, Hartzler said she cried “because gays like me can get married.”
“I mean, despite explaining to my aunt last February, I guess she’s still as much of a homophobe,” he said at the time.
Hartzler told Insider this month that she decided to respond to her comments because she was “afraid” of how hateful her aunt was when she spoke about the LGBTQ community.
He said his parents sent him to conversion therapy as a teenager after he said he was gay, but “stopped trying to change” after a month of meetings.
Hartzler later said he was shocked to learn that his aunt hosted a conversion therapy group at the US Capitol in 2019.
“I was surprised when I looked at a photo from the event: A conversion therapist I saw after coming out to my parents in high school was there. This is someone I would attribute most of my trauma to,” she told Insider.
“Then I realized that I couldn’t ignore or justify the real-world consequences of their actions,” he said.
Vicky Hartzler has been in Congress since 2011. She has previously fought against expanding marriage protections and even campaigned for an amendment to be added to the Missouri constitution that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman before she enters politics. Kansas City Star reported
Hartzler won’t be back in 2023 after losing his campaign for an open Senate seat last month.