June 14, 2019/Press

Forest Friendship Friday: NC Celebrates Pride, Dan Forest Sends Birthday Wishes to Anti-LGBTQ VP Mike Pence

RALEIGH – June is officially Pride Month in North Carolina. In a month-long celebration, North Carolina joins a long list of states across the country to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, recognize the LGBTQ community, and honor the many contributions members of the LGBTQ community have made.

Needless to say, Dan Forest has not participated in the Pride celebrations. It’s not surprising given Forest has been a long-time, outspoken opponent of LGBTQ rights. In 2017, he refused to see HB2 as an assault on the LGBTQ community, stating, “Unfortunately, it’s not an issue about the transgender community. It’s not an issue about the LGBT community.” (WNCN, 3/6/17)

Instead, Forest is spending Pride tweeting birthday wishes to anti-LGBTQ VP Mike Pence, even sharing a photograph of the two rubbing elbows:

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MORE on Dan Forest’s Track Record of Hate:

  • Forest called for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman, which he said was “the way God created it and designed it… for a civil society.” (Salisbury Post, 4/12/12)
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  • Forest has claimed “transgenderism” was “just a feeling” that could change after a day. (Statesville Free News, 8/23/16)
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  • He also refused to see HB2 as an assault on the LGBTQ communitystating, “Unfortunately, it’s not an issue about the transgender community. It’s not an issue about the LGBT community.” (WNCN, 3/6/17)
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  • In 2014, fourth circuit judge Max O. Coburn ruled that the question of same-sex marriage was settled law with marriage bans being unconstitutional. Forest called the ruling “judicial tyranny” and said, “An unelected federal judge violated the foundational principles of this great nation.” (Greensboro News & Record, 10/11/14)
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