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Pro-Choice and LGBTQ Leaders React to Kemp Aligning Himself With Hate Group
Today, continuing his pattern of proudly associating with extremists, Brian Kemp is a featured speaker at an event in Atlanta hosted by the Family Research Council, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Kemp is listed on the event’s website as a confirmed speaker for today’s opening program.
The Family Research Council (FRC) supports outlawing abortion with no exceptions, even to save the life of the mother, and is known for their hateful and out-of-touch anti-LGBTQ positions, such as their stance against same sex marriage, comparisons of the LGBTQ community to pedophiles, efforts to defend controversial conversion therapy, and stance that homosexuality embodies a hatred against religion, and more.
“Once again, Brian Kemp is showing us who he is by the company he keeps. Today, Kemp is lending his voice to a designated hate group, known for their malicious and extreme anti-LGBTQ advocacy. The FRC has equated LGBTQ Americans to pedophiles and said homosexuality embodies a hatred against religion — as an Episcopal priest and member of the LGBTQ community, I can tell you firsthand how false, bigoted, and extreme these views are. It shouldn’t be too much for LGBTQ Georgians to ask that our governor not align himself with hate groups and be complicit in bigotry against us.” said State Sen. Kim Jackson, an Episcopal priest.
“After campaigning just last week with extreme anti-choice U.S. Senators who support a national abortion ban, Brian Kemp is once again palling around with extremists — this time with a far-right hate group that’s laser-focused on outlawing abortion with no exceptions, even to save the life of the mother. As someone who chose abortion because the risk to continue carrying an unviable pregnancy was too high for me and my other children, I know how extreme and dangerous this position is. Georgia women deserve a governor who will fight radical groups and politicians who are working around the clock to roll back our fundamental rights,” asserted State Rep. Shea Roberts.
The FRC summit is just the latest in a line of Kemp’s appearances with anti-choice and anti-LGBTQ groups. Just last week, Kemp campaigned in Washington with Mitch McConnell and a host of other US Senators who support a national ban on abortion, then was joined on the trail by former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who passed an abortion ban with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.
Kemp, who is personally opposed to same sex marriage and supported legislation that would legalize discrminaiton against the LGBTQ community, faced backlash from Georgia LGBTQ leaders for standing with groups with similar agendas to the extreme FRC. Frontline Policy Action, who endorsed Kemp and whose gala Kemp attended last week, characterizes LGBTQ Americans as “those who want to embrace evil, groom our children, and seek to pass their warped distortion of human sexuality as normal.”
These appearances all come on the heels of LGBTQ legislators calling out Kemp’s threat to marriage equality — raising the alarm that after Kemp’s action to roll back reproductive rights, LQBTQ rights could also be at stake.
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