North Dakota governor slams party’s vile anti-LGBTQ+ platform

North Dakota governor slams party’s vile anti-LGBTQ+ platform

The Republican Party’s platform claims that LGBTQ+ people “recruit” children and “prey” on cis women.

The Republican governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, has slammed his state’s GOP platform for using incredibly homophobic language in regard to the LGBTQ+ community. The platform claims that LGBTQ+ people are “recruiting [children] for their lifestyles” and that trans women are “voyeurs who wish to prey on members of the opposite sex.”

The resolutions, which were voted on and passed by Republicans in North Dakota, go on to claim that “LGBT practices are unhealthy and dangerous, sometimes endangering or shortening life and sometimes infecting society at large.”

The language used in the resolutions, which is also common on far-right websites, was condemned by Democrats and even some Republicans, like the state’s governor, Doug Burgum. On Facebook, he wrote: “As I’ve long said, all North Dakotans deserve to be treated equally and live free of discrimination.

“There’s no place for the hurtful and divisive rhetoric in the NDGOP resolutions. We can respect one another’s freedoms without disrespecting or discriminating against the LGBT members of our state and our party, whom we support.”

This isn’t the first time that Burgum has spoken out against his party’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues, criticising the state legislature for failing to pass anti-discrimination measures for the LGBTQ+ community in employment. These measures were only granted earlier this year, because of the Supreme Court decision.

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