(ROLLCALL) — The Georgia congressman who last month read a Bible verse to the House Republican Conference calling for the death of homosexuals stands by his actions, without regrets. But he told CQ that he and his wife are praying for the loved ones of those killed in a mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend.
“My wife and I, our prayers are with those family and friends,” GOP Rep. Rick W. Allen said in an interview. “The members of Congress who represent that district are just devastated.”
The shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Florida has so far claimed the lives of 49 people and is the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. While the investigation is still underway, it appears the shooter targeted the nightclub because of the sexual orientation of club patrons.