Wednesday, January 05, 2011

North Carolina county commissioner stirs controversy with Puritan-style remarks

A “Republican” Commissione, Bill James, in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte) made some particularly vitriolic anti-gay remarks recently, almost in ignorance (more than defiance) not only of the recent repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” but even of the 2003 “Lawrence vs. Texas” ruling by the Supreme Court. It's one of the most shocking statements made by a public official in recent times.

The main cable news channel in the area has the lead story and video (website url) here.

Other commissioners are now waking up to the libertarian argument that such behavior could drive business away from the area, especially after hard times associated with the financial collapse.

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