In a recent interview surrounding a new documentary entitled “Hail Satan?” which centers on the views of the non-theistic Satanic Temple, co-founder Doug Messer — who goes by the name Lucien Greaves — stated that more than 50 percent of the group’s nationwide membership identifies as homosexual.
“It would be a conservative estimate to say that more than 50 percent of our membership is LGBTQ,” Messer told the UK outlet Attitude. “I think that’s because they feel disowned and disenfranchised from the traditional religious institutions. So, you have a population willing to embrace a religious identification that is boldly willing to speak out to the contrary.”
He stated that its various chapters participate in homosexual pride parades and are activists for the cause. Messer himself does not identify as homosexual but is an advocate.
“Our chapters are always involved with pride parades in the United States. They’re always doing something for the LGBTQ community and they’re always open about inclusion,” he said.
Messer outlined that prior to the Supreme Court ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges, which “legalized” same-sex ceremonies nationwide, the group wanted to “test rights versus religious liberty in states that were refusing to allow equal marriage.”
“We were going to do this by holding a satanic gay wedding in any one of these states and, if the state refused to recognize it, we’d sue on the grounds that it was our religious liberty to have it recognized,” he explained.