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Top North Dakota GOP officials disavow anti-LGBT language

BISMARCK, N.D. – Top North Dakota Republican officials on Monday disavowed an anti-LGBT resolution that was passed by hundreds of the party´s delegates and denounced by the state´s GOP governor.

State Republican Chairman Rick Berg said the party´s executive committee voted to disavow the resolution´s “harmful and divisive language.”

“North Dakota Republicans welcome all those who support less government and greater freedom. As leaders of the State Party, we would like to offer a sincere apology for the inclusion of these unacceptable, hurtful sentiments as part of our official business,” Berg, a former U.S. representative, said in a statement.

Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum last week denounced the resolution. “There´s no place for the hurtful and divisive rhetoric in the NDGOP resolutions,” Burgum said.

The resolution was part of a package of party policy statements approved by delegates 621-139 in a mail-in vote in April. Delegates were asked to vote on over 50 resolutions as a whole. No one resolution was considered individually. The mail-in vote was organized after the party´s planned convention was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state GOP´s executive director, Corby Kemmer, earlier issued a statement apologizing for the language in that resolution, which was first reported on by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

The North Dakota Republican Party earlier said it would reevaluate the resolution.

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