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North Dakota’s GOP governor criticizes his party’s anti-LGBT resolution

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) on Thursday slammed an anti-LGBT resolution that was passed by a majority of the state’s Republican Party delegates earlier this year, calling it “hurtful and divisive” after a top GOP official also 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, one of many policy statements that were passed in April by mail-in ballot.

Corby Kemmer, the executive director of North Dakota’s GOP, apologized for the resolution’s language on Wednesday after it was first reported by the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Burgum joined in the next day.

“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,” the governor said in a statement.

In his apology, Kemmer noted that “the resolutions were presented for an up or down vote, and no one resolution was voted on individually.”

“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,” he said.

The GOP executive told The Associated Press that the package of resolutions were approved 621-139 in the spring mail-in vote.

Tags anti-LGBTQ rhetoric Corby Kemmer Doug Burgum LGBT North Dakota North Dakota GOP The Associated Press

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