Greg Gianforte, who will be the GOP nominee for governor, says he stands by an email he sent to the Bozeman city council, in which he suggested that the city would be more likely to grow its economy if it were less friendly toward LBGT people.
In a recent interview with the Billings Gazette editorial board which you can watch here, Gianforte was grilled about his efforts to block a non-discrimination ordinance that would have protected LGBT individuals. When these questions come at him, Gianforte has a habit of trying to block them by not answering and giving a stock reply, “discrimination is wrong.”
He did so this time too, but he became irritated, took a big sigh, and kept talking. He said that in the case of the Bozeman Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO), the Bozeman city council “asked me for input, and I provided it, and I would encourage you to read the emails that went back and forth. Anything I could say today would be an abstract from that. I stand by what I said.” (The exchange starts at around 39:00 in the video.)
What he said in his email to the city council was this:
“homosexual advocates try to argue that business are leery of locating in towns that aren’t friendly to homosexuals. I believe the opposite is truer.”
Meaning, in his view, that a town unfriendly toward LBGT people would do better at attracting companies.