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Thu Nov 15, 2018, 06:33 AM

Anti-LGBTQ forces warn that Colorado's first openly gay governor is a threat to Christians

Anti-LGBTQ groups and right-wing media outlet The Daily Wire have used the successful campaign of Colorado Gov.-elect Jared Polis, the first openly gay man to be elected governor, to push a false narrative pitting religion against the LGBTQ community. Specifically, they have leveraged the story of anti-gay Colorado baker Jack Phillips -- who went all the way to the Supreme Court in a case involving his refusal to bake a cake for a gay couple -- to say that the state is persecuting Christians and that Polis’ election would result in religious people losing their rights.

Extreme and influential anti-LGBTQ group Alliance Defending Freedom represented Phillips in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. The Supreme Court narrowly ruled in Phillips’ favor based on the particulars of the case, citing “inappropriate and dismissive comments” from one of the Colorado civil rights commissioners as “hostility” toward Phillips’ religion. Polis called the Supreme Court’s decision “disappointing, but thankfully narrow in scope,” adding that Congress should pass the Equality Act, a bipartisan federal bill that would amend civil rights protections in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, and other areas of life to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

After Polis’ historic win, The Daily Wire’s Paul Bois published an article headlined “Colorado Elects First Openly Gay Governor In U.S. History As The State Persecutes Christians.” Bois highlighted Polis’ “commitment to LGBTQ principles” and wrote, “The ascension of Polis in Colorado comes at a time when the state has increasingly positioned itself as an enemy of religious liberty, most notably in its persecution of baker Jack Phillips.”

Before Election Day, anti-LGBTQ group Family Policy Alliance also featured Phillips in a campaign ad against Polis. According to LGBTQ news outlet INTO, the ad said, “Assaults on Jack’s faith – and yours – could get even worse if Boulder’s own Jared Polis becomes governor,” and a statement released alongside the ad asserted that “the decision Colorado voters make will impact Jack Phillips and other people of faith in Colorado—and beyond—for years to come.” Family Policy Alliance sent an email promoting the ad on October 24, which claimed that Polis’ election “means that things could get even worse for Jack and other people of faith in Colorado.”

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Thu Nov 15, 2018, 06:36 AM

1. This isn't surprising

but I still find myself surprised with the energy and effort people go to for their hatred and fears.

That a campaign such as this can lead to extremist action is worrisome.

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Thu Nov 15, 2018, 06:36 AM

2. I'd blame the elevation but I lived in the Springs and didn't become a mindless bigot.

Some folks just choose stupid.

I am very proud of Colorado. Beautiful place to live.

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Thu Nov 15, 2018, 06:37 AM

3. Like is for the knowledge

Not for the actions of the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Oops! I mean -

Alliance of Monumental Assholes.

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Thu Nov 15, 2018, 07:47 AM

4. And it won't bother theses "christians" one bit

as they inspire more Sayoc- type characters to commit anti-gay violence.

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