North Carolina GOP Member To Propose Banning LGBTQ People From Joining Local Branch

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A member of the North Carolina Chatham County Republican Party will propose a resolution that would ban LGBTQ people from joining the local branch of the GOP at their first quarterly meeting of the year Thursday night, but the newly elected party chairwoman says it won’t be heard, as it violates the local party’s bylaws.

The author of the resolution, Sara Lain-Moneymaker, said she will bring the item up for a vote from the floor, noting she believes it falls in line with the “values” of the Republican Party and said that the organization cannot accept less than 100% platform support.

“It’s not that we don’t love [LGBTQ people]. It’s not that we don’t like them. But if you’re going to be part of the Republican Party, you have to support the platform, and the rules and bylaws 100%, not just 80%,” Lain-Moneymaker said. “If I made brownies, and I said, ‘Well, these are 80% brownies and 20% poop, you would not eat those brownies.'”

Newly elected GOP Chairman Brittany Brown said such a resolution will not be heard, as it would violate the Chatham GOP’s rules on discrimination. However, the Chatham GOP will consider revisions to the local party’s bylaws, and the discrimination language will not be codified until a vote is held, Brown said.

“If you look at a copy of the bylaws or rules that we’re voting on tonight, it does say that we do not discriminate against, age, sex, gender, I mean, all of it,” Brown said in a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon. “I made certain it was all in there, because I knew that this had come up before.”

Brown says she believes the Republican Party must be a “big-tent” party and welcome anyone who wants to join, noting she is “100% against this.”

“While I respect people’s religious beliefs and things like that, we are a political organization and we are a big tent.That is not going to change,” Brown said.

Lain-Moneymaker, who is running uncontested to be the Chatham County District 5 GOP chairwoman, says she initially brought the item up for a vote at the March 11 Chatham County GOP convention, but that meeting was adjourned before a vote could be taken.

“They came back with all sorts of arguments: ‘Oh, you’re being discriminatory, blah, blah, blah, blah.'” Lain-Moneymaker said. “It’s like, no, everybody’s discriminatory. We discriminate against bad food; we discriminate against having pedophiles around our children; we discriminate against drunk drivers, we don’t want them on the roads. So discrimination is not necessarily a bad thing. We’re discriminating against a lifestyle that is in rebellion to God’s laws.”