Presidential Elector Comments on Gay Montanans
A 92-year-old Montana Elector, who will be casting one of the state’s three electoral college votes for president, has come under fire for his Facebook comments against gay Montanans. Dennis Scranton of Miles City was exposed Sunday by the online news site Last Best News for suggesting in a 2010 Facebook conversation that gay people should be hanged.
The conversation about gay marriage was reported in The Billings Gazette seven years ago when it cost former Big Sky Tea Party Association leader Tim Ravndal his chairmanship. Ravndal was commenting on a Billings Gazette article concerning an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit about same-sex couples. Scranton responded to the Tea Party leader’s remark, saying “I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.”– an apparent reference to Matthew Shepard, a gay university student who was beaten, bound to a fence post and left to die outside Laramie in 1998.