Not long after after actor Gary Sinise withdrew his participation from the upcoming annual summit presented by the staunchly anti-gay Catholic group Legatus, Fox News anchor Bret Baier announced that he was also canceling out on the event due to the organization's view that LGBT people can be "cured."
"Bret Baier has withdrawn his participation as a speaker at the upcoming Legatus Summit due to the controversy surrounding some editorial stances in the organization's magazine," a Fox News spokesperson told EDGE. "Bret accepted the invitation to speak about his book, his faith, and his son's congenital heart disease. He was unaware of these articles or the controversy surrounding them."
Miller Coors chairman Pete Coors who was scheduled to speak at the summit has also dropped out of the event.
Baier was originally scheduled to speak at the members-only event to take place January 29-31 in Naples, Florida on a bill that included conservative anti-gay celebs Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
Legatus, which was founded in 1987 by Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan is a vocal proponent of gay conversion therapy.
"Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder." Reads a 2011 Legatus piece by Legate John Haas. "The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual drives properly ordered."
GLAAD's Jeremy Hooper noted that a 2012 issue of Legatus magazine, the organization listed five "non-negotiables" for voters about to head to the polls. Marriage equality (which the magazine labeled homosexual "marriage," smear quotes and all) was one of the five listed items, with the staff writer instructing Catholics "to avoid voting for candidates who endorse or promote policies that provide for any of these acts and to vote instead for those who promote policies in keeping with moral law." The phrase "intrinsic evil" was used seven times.
Bayer and Sinise aren't the first celebrities to back out on Legatus. Bob Newhart, a lifelong Catholic cancelled a scheduled appearance at the 2014 Legatus Summit amid criticism by GLAAD and other LGBT advocates.
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