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Democrat J.D. Scholten sent out an interesting email to his supporters on Thursday. While celebrating Pride month, he asked supporters to honor lives lost as a result of violence or HIV/AIDS.

I’m not sure if he’s talking about violence between same-sex couples or not, as incidents of domestic abuse are much higher among those in same-sex relationships.

But his final line — saying it is “outdated, un-American and morally bankrupt to infringe on LGBTQ+ rights” — caught my attention most.

Morally bankrupt?


There are a number of responses to Scholten’s claim. But ultimately, I’m not sure how wise it would be to take advice on what is “morally bankrupt” from someone who supports killing unborn babies.

J.D. Scholten’s email:

June is Pride month in America — a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, recognize the vast inequalities and injustices they face, and honor their lives lost as a result of violence or HIV/AIDs.

In the past week alone, we’ve had cause to celebrate and cause to keep fighting for equality and justice.

On Monday, the Supreme Court declared that employers can no longer fire workers for who they are or who they love. It’s a huge win for the LGBTQ+ community, advocates, and our American values.

It’s a great step to ensuring full lived equality for all Americans, but there is still tremendous work ahead of us. Because the truth is that the LGBTQ+ community is consistently under attack — just last week, the Trump Administration eliminated health care protections for transgender patients.

Not only is it outdated, un-American, and morally bankrupt to infringe on LGBTQ+ rights — it also hurts our economy (you can read my op-ed detailing how by clicking here).

Jacob Hall

Author: Jacob Hall