Anti-gay Sen. Jim DeMint resigns to head up Heritage Foundation

Republican Senator Jim DeMint
of South Carolina is stepping down in January to take the helm as president of The Heritage Foundation,
a conservative think tank that spends its $80 million annual budget
fighting everything from raising taxes to marriage equality to giving
ex-convicts the right to vote.

The Wall Street Journal
reports that DeMint’s departure means that South Carolina Gov. Nikki
Haley will name a successor who will then run on their own during a
special 2014 election.

DeMint, a former US Rep. elected to the Senate in 2004 and reelected
during the Tea Party surge of 2010, has made homophobia a hallmark of
his Senate career: he has consistently said gay marriage will destroy society and even went so far as to say that gay people and single women shouldn’t be teachers, a remark he lated defended.