Alabama mayor suggests killing LGBTQ+ people and other LGBTQ+ news
In a public Facebook post, Mark Chambers, mayor of Carbon Hill, Alabama, wrote in all capital letters: “We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics!” When one of his Facebook friends brought up the idea of revolution, he replied, “The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but with out (sic) killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”
The post has since been deleted and Chambers denied writing it. Then he backtracked and admitted he thought he was sending a private message, not posting publicly. Chambers issued an apology earlier this week.
Same-sex couple in Missouri denied at rehearsal dinner venue
When Mindy Rackley and her fiancee called Madison’s Cafe O’Fallon in O’Fallon, Missouri, to confirm details of their upcoming rehearsal dinner, they were asked for the name of the groom, according to a Facebook post by Tiffany Kaltenbach Unger.
Once the venue found out the marriage was between two women, Mindy and her fiancee were told the venue wouldn’t be serving them. Their dinner was canceled. The owner of Madison’s explained that refusing to serve them was out of “love” for her and her partner because they are in an unhealthy relationship.
A district attorney in Tennesse won’t prosecute gay domestic violence cases
Craig Northcott, the district attorney general of Coffee County in Tennessee, was recorded telling a Bible conference that he refuses to prosecute gay domestic violence cases because he’s a “good Christian.” He doesn’t believe same-sex relationships are moral.
“Y’all need to know who your DA is,” he explains in the recording. “You give us a lot of authority. We can choose to prosecute anything. We can choose not to prosecute anything. The social engineers on the Supreme Court now decided we have homosexual marriage. I disagree with them.”
Current Tennessee law doesn’t mention the gender of people involved in domestic violence cases and being legally married isn’t a requirement.
A Georgia motel manager was fired after telling LGBTQ+ people she wouldn’t rent rooms to them
Nancy, a motel manager at America’s Best Value Inn in Clayton, Georgia, originally agreed to rent 10 rooms for participants of The Rural America Pride Committee’s first in-person gathering to promote LGBTQ+ acceptance and rights in rural America. Then she later left a voicemail for Antwon Stephens, the committee’s founder, saying that renting the rooms had been a mistake and she’d been wrong to do so.
“After looking further into what your group stands for, we are rescinding our offer of a reduced room rate, and do not want to sponsor or offer support in any way,” the voicemail said, according to 11Alive.
Stephens returned her call immediately, and she explained that she was against the LGBTQ+ community “and our values, our way of life, as she explained it,” he says. Nancy thought at first that the event was to celebrate people proud to live in rural America and didn’t realize it was an LGBTQ+ group.
Soon after he posted about the incident on social media, other hotel owners in Rabun County offered his group discount rates and free meeting rooms to make them feel welcome. Motel owner Andy Patel had no idea that Nancy refused to rent rooms to the group and decided to fire her for her discriminatory actions. Georgia doesn’t have any statewide laws prohibiting discrimination based on orientation, so it’s up to individuals to make positive choices like this one.
Alaina Leary Lavoie
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