Human Rights Campaign Slams Kevin Cramer for Seeking Support from Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group

Instead of Working on the Farm Bill, Kevin Cramer is Seeking the Support of an Extreme, Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group

(BISMARCK, ND) — Today in an interview on KFGO, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality – slammed Kevin Cramer for seeking the support of an anti-gay hate group. Yesterday, CNN reported that Cramer sought and received the support of a designated hate group that defends conversion therapy and equates homosexuality to pedophilia.

In a questionnaire signed by the candidate, Cramer vowed to work to overturn marriage equality and oppose the Equality Act – referred to as the “Gay Bill of Special Rights” – which protects LGBTQ North Dakotans from employment and housing discrimination.

You can listen to the full interview by clicking here– excerpts from Chris Sgro, Director of Communications for the Human Rights Campaign, are below:

“They’re a radical hate group, as you mentioned. They want to overturn marriage equality. They compare being gay and transgender to pedophilia. They have supported the dangerous, debunked practice of so-called conversion therapy, which, which science has proven does not work. They’re- This is not a mainstream organization we’re talking about here, Joel. This is a group- This is a group that stands ready to attack not just gay and transgender people, but really commonsense values, North Dakota values.”

“And here you Kevin Cramer not just having their support but actively seeking their support. And this group is on the ground in North Dakota right now with their outside money trying to push him and his dangerous agenda.”

“You have to pledge to overturn marriage equality. Again, these are radical things. In North Dakota and across the country, these are these are radical views to hold. And here you have Kevin Cramer, who has a zero on the Human Rights Campaign scorecard, by the way, actively seeking their endorsement. As you mentioned, one of only two candidates across the entire country who thought it wise to seek the endorsement and support of a hate group.”

“So, Kevin Cramer, instead of working on the Farm Bill, instead of working on issues that are relevant and impactful on the everyday lives of North Dakotans is out seeking the endorsement and support of a group that is working to advance hate and that’s dangerous.”

“So, you know, I think for North Dakota voters, you have Senator Heitkamp who has been a co-sponsor of the very commonsense Equality Act, that just says if your LGBTQ, you shouldn’t be able to be fired for who you are and who you love, that you shouldn’t be discriminated against.”