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At the Second Congressional District debate on Thursday evening, candidate Jason Lewis called gender-inclusive school policies “an abomination.”

Lewis was asked by the moderator, “What would you change, if anything, in the educational system?”

Lewis lamented the perceived power of the government in public education and said, “But what happens when you allow this consolidation of power in St. Paul or Washington… even worse is you start to get these experimental schemes with our children. Now the latest is allowing transgendered students to use the restroom or locker facility of their choice. That is an abomination that no school district should adopt.”

Here’s the video clip via The Uptake:

The longtime Twin Cities conservative radio host has staked positions in opposition to LGBTQ equity before. A longtime friend of Michele Bachmann, he once ranted about “angry lesbians” going after her and gave the introduction at the launch of her failed campaign for President of the United States.

In his book, he made controversial statements about same-sex marriage and slavery, and in columns claimed that gays and lesbians could legally marry, so long as they married in heterosexual way.

He also apparently told radio listeners in 2013 that he opposes adoption by LGBTQ people, but those radio archives were pulled from the internet prior to his candidacy.

Lewis is vying for the GOP nomination along with Sen. John Howe, Tea Party activist David Gerson, industrialist Darlene Miller, and farmer and perennial candidate Gene Rechtzigel. The winner will face DFLer Angie Craig, a former executive at St. Jude Medical and member of the LGBTQ community.

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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  1. […]   – Speaking of which, I read somewhere that Jason Lewis wiped his past blogging when he announced, presumably with the intention of trying to get away with acting more reality-based in the here and now. Whether or not that’s true, he seems to have found that like the shades of Borley Rectory the past does not go down so readily, and so he’s determined to embrace the crazy and let it roll. […]

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