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U.S. Aid Agency Official Departs After Series of Anti-Gay Tweets

People take part in the Gay Pride Parade in Managua.
Photographer: Inti Ocan/AFP via Getty Images

The deputy White House liaison for the U.S. Agency for International Development stepped down hours after writing a barrage of tweets saying “gay marriage isn’t marriage” and that the U.S. gives aid only to countries that “celebrate sexual deviancy.”

Merritt Corrigan’s appointment earlier this year had attracted criticism from congressional Democrats given her history of anti-gay remarks, including criticism of what she called a “tyrannical LGBT agenda.” In her tweets Monday, she said she had remained silent in the face of media criticism for her Christian beliefs.