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Utah County GOP Official Resigns Post After Criticizing State Equal Pay Bill

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A Utah County Republican has resigned from his position as vice chair of the Wasatch County Republican Party in Utah after receiving harsh criticism for writing a letter saying equal pay for women has consequences, the Washington Post reports.

James Green, in a letter to the editor published Wednesday by the Wasatch Wave and the Park Record, said that men have earned "more money than women in the workplace because they are considered the primary breadwinners for the families."

He was writing in response to an equal pay bill being considered by the Utah Legislature, Senate Bill 210, which would instruct the Department of Workforce Services to conduct a study on whether there's a difference in pay between men and women in the state.

Male workers earn more than females in many states, according to a report by PBS.

Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, last July said her father would fight for equal pay for women and also make childcare more widely accessible.

Green said equal pay would be an issue if introduced. 

"If businesses are forced to pay women the same as male earnings, that means they will have to reduce the pay for the men they employ, simple economics," Green wrote. "If that happens, then men will have an even more difficult time earning enough to support their families, which will mean more Mothers will be forced to leave the home (where they may prefer to be) to join the workforce to make up the difference."

Green immediately wrote an apology and resigned from his post as vice chair.

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A Utah County Republican has resigned from his position as vice chair of the Wasatch County Republican Party in Utah after receiving harsh criticism for writing a letter saying equal pay for women has consequences, the Washington Post reports.
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