After Years of Anti-LGBTQ+ Advocacy, Greg Gianforte Continues to Criticize Equal Protections for Montanans

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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After Years of Anti-LGBTQ+ Advocacy, Greg Gianforte Continues to Criticize Equal Protections for Montanans
Gianforte Condemns Recent SCOTUS Decision, Which Reverses Discrimination He Fought So Hard to Uphold
Helena, MT – In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Title VII decision yesterday, Greg Gianforte refused to support the ruling and criticized it as “legislat[ing] from the bench.” Gianforte has a long and extreme history of advocating for the rights of businesses and private schools to discriminate against LGBTQ+ Montanans.

In Bozeman and in Congress, Gianforte has fought hard to defeat legal protections for the LGBTQ+ community. Last year, Gianforte voted against the Equality Act, which seeks to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under the Civil Rights Act. In 2014, Greg Gianforte fought on the “front line” of the battle to defeat a nondiscrimination ordinance in Bozeman, personally lobbying city officials to reject the measure which sought to ban discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in housing and employment. Gianforte warned that if the measure passed, Christian businesses would be wary about moving to towns that are “friendly to homosexuals.” 

Gianforte has been described as “one of [Montana’s] leading financiers of organizations that… oppose LGBT+ nondiscrimination policies.” Since 2010, the Gianforte Family Foundation has given more than $1.1 million to the foremost anti-LGBTQ+ organizations in the country – including more than $250,000 to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) – whose clients were defeated at the Supreme Court yesterday, after arguing for the right to fire people on account of their gender identity. Gianforte has also donated $100,000’s to groups like the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, which support outlawing homosexuality in the U.S. and gay conversion therapy. 

“Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision is a huge blow to Greg Gianforte and his radical, anti-LGBTQ+ social agenda. In light of the ruling, Gianforte should be honest with Montanans about his role helping to lead and bankroll the fight against LGBTQ+ rights in Montana,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “This much is clear – Montanans will reject Greg Gianforte’s out-of-touch views that value discrimination over equality this November.” 


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