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Romney Surrogate Compares LGBT People to Drug Users and Polygamists

Kris KobachPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Kansas Secretary of State and Mitt Romney surrogate Kris Kobach is comparing LGBT people to drug users and polygamists. ThinkProgress reported that Kobach made the remarks while debating the GOP platform’s marriage equality language today in Tampa.  Family Research Council President Tony Perkins authored the platform’s marriage section, which comes out strongly against marriage equality and LGBT families. Kobach and Perkins serve as the latest glaring examples that the GOP platform and the Romney-Ryan ticket are not representative of mainstream or even conservative values, but instead influenced by the agenda of a few anti-LGBT extremists.

While arguing against an amendment that would have ended the party’s support for the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, Kobach said: “Our government routinely judges situations where you might regard people completely affecting themselves…like for example the use of controlled substances, like for example polygamy, that is voluntarily entered into. We condemn those activities even though they are not hurting other people, at least directly.”

Kobach, who is perhaps best known for using fear tactics to spread his anti-immigration agenda, employs similar tactics when it comes to matters of LGBT equality. In 2004 he claimed that HRC and other LGBT organizations supported “homosexual pedophilia.” Despite these remarks, Mitt Romney was quick to embrace Kobach’s endorsement earlier this year – saying he was “so proud to earn Kris’s support” and was pleased to “stand with this true conservative.”

Kobach’s remarks come a day after the GOP’s draft platform revealed that the Republican Party was continuing to ignore the mainstream values embraced by a majority of Americans and an increasing number of conservatives by doubling-down on its refusal to embrace marriage equality. Despite calling for Americans to be treated with dignity and respect, the GOP platform appears only to represent voices like those of Kris Kobach and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins – people who say LGBT Americans are akin to drug users and pedophiles.

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