KANSAS CITY, Mo - Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidate has abruptly cancelled a campaign event with an anti-gay preacher who once called for the government regulation of homosexuality following media inquiries about the joint appearance. 


Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley was scheduled to appear alongside Texas pastor David Barton on Wednesday at a Springfield, Mo. campaign event.


The Kansas City Star asked the campaign on Tuesday whether Hawley agreed with Barton's views on the LGBT community, which has included comparisons to Nazism. Hawley spokeswoman Kelli Ford said later on Tuesday that the event had been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.


Barton suggested in 2010 that the federal government should regulate homosexuality, and last year, he compared LGBT rights activists to Nazis, the Kansas City Star reports.


At this writing, Ford has yet to respond to press inquiries into whether Hawley agrees with Barton. Hawley is seeking to unseat Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill.



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