Samuel Rodriguez

President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Hispanic Evangelical Association) 
Leader, Imago Dei Campaign

Said of trans people: “These are people that are hurting. Many of them are confused. Many of them have been through so many experiences and they’ve had bad encounters with religion. They need to have an encounter with the living Christ that loves them.”

Falsely claimed that marriage equality will put into place “hate speech” laws that will punish Christians.

—Equated “difficult” nature of marriage equality with Boston terror bombings (at 7:02): “We do live in difficult times. These are times with great uncertainty, angst. The terror in Boston. Fear. Consternation flux. The attempt to redefine a God-ordained institution. These are difficult times.”

—Lumped gays who seek equality with other “radicals”; calls on “devil stomping” Christians to reject all: “We have radical Muslims. Radical homosexuals. Radical abortionists. We need radical, born again, spirit filled Christians to arise. Do you follow me? We don’t need any sissy Christians, Oprah Winfrey Christians. We need prophetic, devil stomping, demon rebuking, blood washed, Bible believing, free-from-sin Christians.”

—Vocal opponent of LGBTQ provisions in immigration reform; says protecting LGBTQ couples would be the “death knell” for reform

Said gays want to silence Christianity and that opponents must fight back: “This egregious attempt to redefine an institution that God formed is not only a violation of everything that we understand to be appropriate but it is an incredible incursion into religious liberty and religious expression. So I believe that we need a multi-ethnic kingdom-culture firewall to push back. White evangelicals alone will not be able to defend marriage in America..’”

—Claimed supporting marriage equality would be equivalent to “surrender[ing] Christianity on the altar of political expediency”

—Signed on to a letter warning “people and groups whose moral and religious convictions forbid same-sex sexual conduct” that marriage equality will compel folks “to treat same-sex sexual conduct as the moral equivalent of marital sexual conduct.”


The GLAAD Accountability Project catalogs anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and discriminatory actions of politicians, commentators, organization heads, religious leaders, and legal figures, who have used their platforms, influence and power to spread misinformation and harm LGBTQ people.