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Antigay GOP candidate for governor of Georgia has been seen on Grindr lately

Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, has been advertising on the gay hookup app Grindr.

Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, has been advertising on the gay hookup app Grindr. Composite

Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, has been getting a little action on Grindr lately.

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.

His rival, Democrat Stacey Abrams, marched in the Atlanta pride parade. She is the first major-party nominee for governor to march in the parade. Both Abrams and her Democratic primary opponent, Stacey Evans, marched in the parade last year.

“We’re here because we stand together, because we know that allies do not run from fights. And because we know we all have pride in Georgia,” she told attendees. “We stand with you and not against you.”

Kemp’s ad on the site attacked Abrams’ stance on sex offender registries.

“Instead of cruising for votes on Grindr, Brian Kemp should stand up for LGBTQ Georgians and promote a strong economy by committing to veto RFRA — just as [current Republican Governor] Nathan Deal did,” said Democratic Party of Georgia spokesman Seth Bringman.

“[W]e don’t expect him to find much support. He has made clear that he would sign discrimination into law if he is elected governor, even though 400+ major Georgia employers have said that doing so would harm the state’s economy.”

Kemp holds a narrow lead over Abrams — 47.7% to 46.3% – in the latest polling.

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