Anti-gay Republican Candidate for Governor of Georgia Has Been Seen on Grindr

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kemp has been advertising on the popular gay hookup app in a desperate attempt to make inroads with the community. Kemp supports giving the religious right a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

Many people might be surprised to see Kemp, a social conservative, advertising on a gay dating app. Last year, Kemp told a meeting of the Roswell Rotary Club that he would sign a so-called “religious freedom” bill that allows individuals or business owners to avoid violating their personal religious beliefs.

Under the legislation, a baker or a florist would be protected from having to serve a same-sex couple if they object to same-sex marriage.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has twice vetoed a similar type of “religious freedom” bill, arguing that supporting such a measure could prompt the business community — which has largely been supportive of the LGBTQ community — to avoid doing business in the state.

At the time, Deal pointed to the backlash that North Carolina experienced in 2016 after then-Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB 2, a measure restricting localities from passing nondiscrimination ordinances and policing transgender people’s bathroom use, as an example of the controversy he’d like to avoid.