Louisiana gov candidate says ‘there are only 2 genders’
In a campaign video released Thursday, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Louisiana made a list of “truths,” establishing himself firmly against abortion and recognition of some gender identities.
“Here’s the truth: Life begins at conception. Government is too big. Our taxes are too high,” Rep. Ralph Abraham said in the video.
He continued, “Facts matter more than feelings. The Second Amendment is self-explanatory. And as a doctor, I can assure you, there are only two genders.” The last line he said with a chuckle.
Abraham, who is currently a third-term congressman representing Louisiana’s fifth district, also revealed strong support for Donald Trump. In Congress, Abraham has supported Trump administration goals such as enacting the travel ban affecting Muslim-majority nations, repealing the Affordable Care Act and the stripping of funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.”
“President Trump is doing a great job,” he said in his campaign video.
Abraham has worked as a veterinarian, a family physician and was a member of the Army National Guard. He touts his conservative Christian values as influencing “everything I do.”
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Abraham has a history of controversial standpoints on the rights of LGBT people. He opposed same-sex marriage after the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized it in 2015.
In 2017, Abraham was the co-introducer of legislation that proposed requiring Congressional approval before the government makes any changes to their definitions of “sex” and “gender” or include “gender identity” as a protected class. This was in response to the Obama administration’s Title IX guidance that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identities.
Louisiana’s Supreme Court ruled last year that an executive order attempting to add protections for LGBT individuals in employment was unconstitutional, according to The Advocate. The order was issued by the current governor, John Bel Edwards.
Abraham is running against the incumbent Democratic governor, who received 56% of votes when he was elected in 2015. Also in the race is Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.
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