Republican senator Orrin Hatch urges his party to be more LGBT-supportive

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Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, has called on his party to to bother more about the queer community. The Utah senator, who will retire from the role in January after 41 years—nearly half of his 84-year-long life—told the Senate in his farewell statement that Republicans should not consider religious freedom and LGBT rights as opposites and bother more about fighting for both. Hatch told his fellow Republican senators to reach across the aisle to Democrats and this is how the equal society may be created. “Nowhere is the pluralist approach more needed than in the fraught relationship between religious liberty and LGBTQ rights,” he said, according to The Washington Post.“Pluralism shows us a better way. It shows us that protecting religious liberty and preserving the rights of LGBTQ individuals are not mutually exclusive. I believe we can find substantial common ground on these issues that will enable us to both safeguard the ability of religious individuals to live their faith and protect LGBTQ individuals from invidious discrimination,” he also said.

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