Gubernatorial candidate criticizes grant to LGBT group

An evangelist running against Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is criticizing anti-violence grants the state gave to a support organization for gay and transgender individuals.

Posted: May. 15, 2018 8:33 PM
Updated: May. 16, 2018 2:54 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An evangelist running against Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is criticizing anti-violence grants the state gave to a support organization for gay and transgender individuals.

Scott Dawson in a Tuesday press conference said Ivey "betrays our values" with the grants worth nearly $800,000 to Free2Be. Dawson is challenging Ivey in the Republican primary.

The nonprofit runs several support centers in the state. Grant paperwork indicated the money is to be used for violence prevention and support services.

A telephone message to Free2Be's director was not returned. An answering machine message indicated the group is temporarily closed.

Ivey called the accusation "nonsense." The GOP governor said while she doesn't agree with the group's "values," the grant is entirely paid for with federal dollars and dates back to 2014.

“LGBTQ issues issues still continue to be highly negative here in the state of Alabama more so than anywhere else, so if you’re looking for a way to chip away at a big-time front runner this is a good divisive issue to do it," said Dale Jackson, WAAY 31 Political Analyst.

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5/15/2018 2:04:48 PM (GMT -5:00)

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