A Montana state official condemned a transgender lawmaker’s “hateful remarks” to Fox News Digital, accusing the official of “seeking media attention.”
The controversy stems from comments by State Rep. Zooey Zephyr during a debate Tuesday on a bill that would ban gender-affirming childcare.
Zephyr accused the bill’s supporters of complicity in the deaths of transgender youth.
“The only thing I’m going to say is if you vote yes to this bill and these amendments, I hope that the next time there’s an invocation, when you bow your heads in prayer, you’ll turn on the blood see your hands,” said Zephyr.
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Following her comments, Republican spokesman Matt Regier refused to allow Zephyr to voice her thoughts on a bill that would add binary definitions of sex to state code. Zephyr was also barred from speaking at Thursday and Friday meetings.
“My colleague not only violated decency, but broke the trust of the other 99 lawmakers,” Montana State Representative Braxton Mitchell told Fox News Digital. “The hateful remarks were an act of self-service, not a public service.”
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“I applaud the Speaker and Majority Leader for giving my colleague an opportunity to rectify the aftermath of this stunt,” the Republican lawmaker added. “Since the hateful attack on the House, the MP has tried to create more opportunities to gain media attention. We will not accept that.”
Governor reportedly demanded that Zephyr apologize before allowing her to speak in the sessions again. Zephyr stood by her comments and accused the bill of targeting her community.
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“When there are bills that target the LGBTQ community, I stand up to defend my community,” Zephyr said. “And I chose my words with clarity and precision, speaking about the real damage these bills bring.”
Adam Sabes of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report.
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