March 21, 2018 at 10:04 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Austin bombing suspect described homosexuality as ‘not natural’

Mark Conditt (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

The man who authorities say carried out a series of bombings that terrorized Austin, Texas, this month previously expressed his opposition to homosexuality and marriage rights for same-sex couples.

The Austin American-Statesman on Wednesday reported Mark Conditt described homosexuality is “not natural” in a blog post in which he argued against nuptials for gays and lesbians.

“Just look at the male and female bodies,” wrote Conditt, according to the newspaper. “They are obviously designed to couple. The natural design is apparent. It is not natural to couple male with male and female with female. It would be like trying to fit two screws together and to nuts together and then say, ‘See, it’s natural for them to go together.’”

The Austin American-Statesman reported Conditt was 17-years-old when he wrote the posts in 2012 for a U.S. government class at a local community college.

Authorities say Conditt, 23, was behind the series of bombings that killed two people and left several others injured.

Anthony House died on March 2 when a package bomb that had been left on his doorstep exploded. Draylen Mason, a 17-year-old high school senior, was killed on March 12 when a device detonated at his home.

Another package exploded at a FedEx facility outside of San Antonio on Tuesday.

Authorities said Conditt early Wednesday blew himself up as a SWAT team approached his car that was parked outside a hotel in the Austin suburb of Round Rock. The Associated Press reported federal authorities on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Conditt in connection with the bombings.

Meghan Stabler, a transgender rights activist, lives in Round Rock. She told the Washington Blade on Wednesday in an email that she is “glad this nightmare of terror is over.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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