The nephew of a Missouri congresswoman who sobbed while pleading with her colleagues to vote against gay marriage has condemned his aunt for bigotry, saying: ‘I don’t want my last name to be associated with hate.’
Vicky Hartzler, a Republican, cried in the Capitol on Thursday while speaking in opposition to the gay marriage bill which the House ultimately passed.
The 62-year-old was in tears, her voice quavering, as she told the House: ‘I hope and pray that my colleagues will find the courage to join me in opposing this misguided, and this dangerous bill.’
On Friday, Hartzler’s nephew Andrew Hartzler said she was misguided, and would have to learn tolerance and acceptance.
He came out to her in February, despite her long history of rejecting LGBTQ rights, and her decision in 2019 to sponsor an event arranged by proponents of conversion therapy.
Andrew Hartzler, 23, filmed a TikTok on Friday which went viral with 154,000 views as of Friday evening, noting: ‘So, despite my coming out to…