By Richard Hack
Last Thursday, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum declared a stunning rebuke of delegates to the state Republican party for passing a anti-LGBTQ platform resolution that was critical of the homosexual lifestyle.
A portion of the resolution stated that “LGBT practices are unhealthy and dangerous, sometimes endangering or shortening life, and sometimes infecting society at large.”
Burgum has long advocated for equality and inclusion with his state. “As I’ve long said, all North Dakotans deserve to be treated equally and live free of discrimination,” Burgum said in a moving statement. “There’s no place for the hurtful and divisive rhetoric in the NDGOP resolutions.”
The party’s executive director, Corby Kemmer, issued an immediate apology to all North Dakota citizens. “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 platform contained hundreds of resolutions which were voted upon as a group. The final tally was 621 to 139 in favor of accepting the platform.