Mecklenburg County resolution on equality passes unanimously
CHARLOTTE, NC - A resolution proposed by a Democratic member of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and intended as a response to one Republican members' virulently anti-gay remarks last week passed unanimously on Tuesday evening - surprisingly, with the support of the one member it sought to chastise.
Republican Commissioner Bill James last week caused quite the stir when qnotes first reported on an email exchange between him and other members of the board. In the email, James said, Homosexuals are sexual predators, a remark made in response to Chair Jennifer Roberts request to send a letter to Charlottes Congressional delegation thanking them for their support of a repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell.
Though other commissioners, including Democratic Commissioner Harold Cogdell, objected to sending the letter, James outspoken, anti-gay remarks elicited strong reactions from both local constituents and the nation. News of James comments made it to several nationally-respected political blogs, news wires and even to MSNBC. An online petition at Change.org has collected nearly 22,000 signatures asking the county board to censure James. A separate action by Credo elicited similar responses.
In later comments, James continued to stoke fires of controversy by comparing LGBT people to prostitutes and pedophiles.
The resolution, proposed by Cogdell and approved Tuesday night, read, in part: the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners affirms, proclaims and declares its public support for community values that embrace and promote equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion; and stands united in firm opposition to inflammatory speech that may cause bullying, intimidation, harassment, persecution or discriminatory treatment of any individual because of their race, color, sex, religion or creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability.
The unanimous vote marks one of the first times all Republicans on the Mecklenburg County board have voted in favor of a pro-equality statement. Several GOP members also made strong statements condemning James remarks.
Commissioner James does not speak for me, said Republican Commissioner Neil Cooksey, adding that he thought James comments paint with too broad a brush.
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#1 Jan 7, 2011
Sarah Palin needs to check for rubber chickens under Billy James's bed
“I am happy”
Since: Jul 08
#2 Jan 7, 2011
Now that is funny. Perhaps while the county commission was having a meeting, he was on his computer checking Sarah Palin's tweets. LOL Or maybe, just maybe, he was check out the live web camera from Velocity in Charlotte or the female impersonators at Scorpios???? Nothing would surprise me with that hypocrite.
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