BISMARCK, ND — (07-24-20) — North Dakota GOP Governor Doug Burgum slammed his party on Wednesday over an anti-LGBT resolution that was passed by a majority of the state’s Republican Party delegates earlier this year.
The North Dakota Governor called the action taken by his party as “hurtful and divisive”, after another top GOP official in the state apologized for the language.
“LGBT practices are unhealthy and dangerous, sometimes endangering or shortening life and sometimes infecting society at large,” reads part of the resolution passed by the North Dakota Republican Majority of Delegates.
North Dakota Gov. Burgum Apologizes for Anti-LGBT Resolution
Other republicans were quick to jump on the apology line tour after the blow back such as Corby Kemmer, the executive director of North Dakota’s GOP, who apologized for the resolution’s language on Wednesday after it was first reported by the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
In his apology, Kemmer noted that “the resolutions were presented for an up or down vote, and no one resolution was voted on individually.”
Review the comment the governor posted on Twitter Wednesday July 22.
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. 1/2
— Gov. Doug Burgum (@DougBurgum) July 23, 2020
“As I’ve long said, all North Dakotans deserve to be treated equally and live free of discrimination, said the governor’s statement.
“The intent of the delegates was to stand up for individual and religious liberties, and, unfortunately, this language falls woefully short of that goal. We regret any offense this may have caused, and we will be reconsidering this resolution at a future meeting to bring it more in line with what delegates were attempting to communicate,” said Governor Burgum.
According to The Associated Press, the GOP executive said that the package of resolutions were approved 621-139 in the spring mail-in vote.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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