Pocan Calls on Governor Walker to Withdraw from Western Conservatives Summit Over Discriminatory Actions
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, today called on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to withdraw from his planned June appearance at the Western Conservatives Summit in Denver, CO after event organizers uninvited an LGBT Republican group:
“Governor Walker should not validate the decision by event organizers to discriminate against an LGBT Republican group by attending the Western Conservative Summit. After the fallout of this type of discrimination in Indiana, Governor Walker must send the clear message that Wisconsin does not tolerate discrimination of LGBT individuals and groups.
“This message is even more necessary after every Republican in the State Assembly rejected Rep. Andy Jorgensen’s resolution to prohibit Indiana-style so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws in Wisconsin. We should all stand up against the recent trend among some states to promote discrimination in the name of politics or so-called religious freedom.
“We have seen the economic impact of discrimination on Indiana’s economy after tourism dropped and companies threated to leave the state. Governor Walker must ensure Wisconsin’s already fragile economy is not further damaged by his actions.”