SC mayor fires lesbian police chief, says rather have drunks than gays protecting children

Earl Bullard, the mayor of Latta, South Carolina, is in some hot water after firing the town’s openly-lesbian police chief, Crystal Moore, apparently because she’s gay.

Latta was caught on tape disparaging gays, and suggesting that he’d rather have a drunk in charge of the safety of his children than someone who is gay.

Here’s the transcript of what Bullard was caught saying. The actual audio is below.

“I would much rather have.. and I will say this to anybody’s face… somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.

Because that ain’t the damn way it’s supposed to be. You know.. you got people out there — I’m telling you buddy — I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around. ”

Latta. South Carolina mayor Earl Bullard.

Latta. South Carolina mayor Earl Bullard.

I’m not going to let 2 women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I’m not going to see them do it with 2 men neither.”

I’m not going to do it. Because that ain’t the way the world works.”

Now, all these people showering down and saying ‘Oh it’s a different lifestyle they can have it.’ Ok, fine and dandy, but I don’t have to look at it and I don’t want my child around it.”

Mayor Latta served Chief Moore with seven reprimands right before firing her. These were the first reprimands she’d earned in 20 years on the job.  Some say that in addition to Bullard’s anti-gay animus he also had a vendetta against the chief because she investigated one of his hires:

Some residents believe the mayor firing Crystal Moore was payback. Moore investigated Mayor Bullard’s most recent hire, Parks And Rec Director Vontray Sellers.

NEWS 13 first broke the story of sellers driving a Latta town vehicle while his license was suspended back in February…Chief Moore found the mayor neglected to conduct a background check on Sellers.

It is legal under federal law to fire someone for being gay. Under state and local law, it depends on each state and municipality whether gay people are protected in employment.

Most people don’t realize that the only people covered under anti-discrimination laws are the groups of people actually covered by name.  Meaning, only those groups listed specifically under the law – race, religion, national origin, gender, etc. – are protected from discrimination.  If you’re not listed, as gays (aka sexual orientation) are not under federal law, and under many state and local laws, then you’re not protected.

And there is no such thing as the generally-held, but mistaken, concept that “the Constitution bans discrimination.”

There’s been a proposal before the Obama administration for several years now to issue an executive order to require that federal government grant recipients have employment protects in place for their gay and trans employees.  The effort hasn’t gone anywhere in part because it isn’t run very well (when’s the last time you heard any rabble-rousing on this issue?), but also in part because the administration, for whatever reason, simply doesn’t want to do it.

The administration’s public explanation for not doing an executive order is that they’d rather a pass ENDA, a federal law fixing the problem. The problem is that with a GOP-controlled House of Representatives, only the most hopefully think that there’s any chance of passing that law.

It would be interesting to see if the police department of Latta, SC has received any federal grants.


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  • Tom in Lazybrook

    Update to the story. And its good news. It looks like the Mayor is going to lose all of his powers and will be turfed out in the next election. And Chief Moore will be back as Police Chief rather shortly.
    http://news.msn.com/us/south-carolina-town-rallies-round-fired-gay-police-chief
    The South isn’t perfect. But it is changing.

  • papa john

    Christian my ass, bullard is just another bigoted…… “the south will rise again, asshole”……whos grave will be pissed on in the years to come….”his kind”… will just rot away like all the others…..past and present….who think the south and their hate mongering ways and prejudicial, insipid breeding and rearing is a rightful way of life, just shows how inherently ignorant they really are…….dont people like bullard realize….#1… they lost the civil war…”badly “…#2 the south did not yet rise again…”it cant, because it was never that high to begin with”….and the big ….#3 we have a great “BLACK” president now, for the past 6 years….get over it,…. you common class of losers

  • Traci

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  • Traci

    (I’ve typed this in Word, because it’s easier to copy and paste then type it over and over again, since I ask this of my fellow Christians quite often online. It is rare that I get a straight answer. For the record, I am a transwoman, and a lesbian.)

    My “conduct”; also known as my “behavior or my “lifestyle”

    I spend a lot of time with my computer, because that is one of my passions. It’s the only thing I’m really good at. I tend to stay up late because I haver trouble getting to sleep-I have Trigeminal Neuralgia (known also as “the suicide disease” because it hurts so bad it makes you want to kill yourself. If you don’t believe me look it up. ) , and the breakthroughs seem to come when I’m sleeping, so I’m often afraid to go to sleep. Yes, it really is that bad, but that’s the least of my worries truthfully. I also spend a lot of time with my roommates and their kids. Not to “convert them” as a lot of you seem to believe, but because I love them and love spending time with them. I’m helping the kids learn to read, it’s very rewarding. No, not “gay propaganda”, the last book First Born read was about a mole that couldn’t find his shadow. Watching them grow and learn is fascinating and very exciting. So the meme that we hate kids, and are trying to indoctrinate them is BS (if we hate kids, why would we indoctrinate them??)

    Ok. so anyway I also help my roommates around the house with cleaning and what not, and watching the kids when they need to go out somewhere. I also have friends I keep up with, and talk to because I care about them so very much. They are life savers in every since of the word.

    That’s really all I do, aside from eating, sleeping, showering and other things. The other things, just to calm your fears involve waste removal, and I’m not going into detail about it.

    So that’s my “:conduct.” My “behavior.” My “lifestyle.”

    Would you care to point out, IN DETAIL, what you find so objectionable? What bothers you so much? What is so offensive as to deserve disownment?

  • Sameboat1

    I think what our guest is doing is exactly what you are advocating – speaking out against this hatred and bigotry. I am not religious, but I know many Christians who are kind and loving people, who truly live their faith. I will not have them lumped in with the likes of this mayor.

  • guest

    The media only reports what makes them money and a bake sale to feed the hungry does not make them any money. So if I believe your way of thinking than I should also believe all Muslims and middle east people are terrorist. If you want a loving, kind world stop hating all group of people,,,,, accept the fact people have different beliefs and they are allowed. Stop blaming “groups” for the actions of one person or a small group because that makes you as intolerant as the person you complain about.

  • wmforr

    Not that I am a great defender of the South, but you can find things on a par with all of your examples outside the South, particularly in the Midwest. Well, in Red States in general.

    Wasn’t it Indiana that passed a law making π equal to 22/7 precisely?

    Stupidity is not bound by geography. That said, isn’t a wooly mammoth appropriate for and Elephant Republican State?

  • wmforr

    Now that is a philosophy that will serve you all your life.

  • wmforr

    Sometimes clichés are clichés because they’re true.

  • wmforr

    Then the real Christians should speak up and speak up loudly. Because the people who shout the loudest and get the most media coverage calling themselves Christians are the ones who are against equality, against government programs for the poor, pro-capital punishment, pro-war, and often pro-torture as a national policy.

    If these so-called Christian are not real Christians, the news media should be inundated with complaints about their misusing the name.

  • guest

    Why do people always have to be hateful to Christians. This man is a backwards bigot redneck, NOT A CHRISTIAN! Every time something happens people use it as an excuse to blame christian people and that is just as prejudice as this man. The Majority of Christians do not agree with is man and are kind people who do good works and still have a right in this FREE country to have their religious beliefs without intolerance and hate. Everyone should think about that. What this man did is wrong but being intolerant and hateful to a group of people because you don’t believe what they believe puts you in the same category as this bottom feeding man!

  • Guest

    That to me is as much a hater statement as someone making a negative comment about gays. There are plenty of people in the south who have great hearts just as there are plenty in the north who are angry, nasty, racist, homophobic and show religious intolerance. There is no magic line that keeps the stupid people on one side.. Your comment is a great example.

  • rerutled

    But the article shows, that’s simply not true. The City Council, for example, reacted to the Mayor’s action by immediately moving to strip his office of powers, permanently, on a vote of 6-1. That’s at least 6 community leaders who find his behavior outrageous.

  • Ninong

    I lived on the 10th floor of a brand new 15-story condominium building in Oakland and we could still hear occasional gunfire on the streets below and hookers hung out on the corner in spite of the cops. I also had someone try to mug me walking the two blocks from the Bart station to my building late at night one time. They didn’t succeed but I was a lot younger then. It was near Broadway and Franklin, so it wasn’t in east Oakland.

    I lived in two different buildings during my more than 20 years in San Francisco and the only noise that bothered me was the occasional fire truck late at night because the station was only four blocks away. The crime stats prove that Oakland has the worst crime problem in the Bay Area by far!

  • George Mason

    A lot of the recent violent attacks on gay people have been in the New York area. Two years ago Vietnamese students in Philadelphia walked out of school because black students’ violence against them. Mexicans in Los Angeles keep blacks on the top of hate crimes victims stats. Detroit and Chicago need no introduction. But the South! That’s where uneducated, ignorant, sister marrying baffoons who reside? BTW, we marry our distant cousins. It’s called good breeding… as opposed to the random rutting of your people.

  • Moderator3

    /snark

  • grandpamike1

    Why bother with a petition, they will never change in the souuth. Haters all of them.

  • Fireblazes

    Man, we totally missed on that one. It was like I went for a high five and you went for a fist bump and all we did was a “plink”. In reality I should have started a new post. It was not so much a reply to you but more of a shot thrown at John. I still think we need an international symbol for sarcasm on the intertubes. I nominate (!). You know I love your posts Pete. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

  • PeteWa

    what makes you think in a million years that I’m personally involved with this site?
    I’m impressed that you completely missed the point that I was making.
    /heavy sarcasm

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fierylocks FieryLocks
  • Guest

    Mike Clark: You need to understand that the purpose of this blog is not to inform but to incite. If you saw some of the stuff several of the regulars here are allowed to get away with on a daily basis, you’d understand more fully.

  • BillFromDover

    “Latta was caught on tape disparaging gays,…

    Yo John, did ya mean Bullard was caught on tape?

    BTW, how sad is it in this day and age that anyone would be proud of entrusting the care/babysitting of their precious children to a drunk that could pass out prior to a house fire rather a fully sentient gay because of their personal yuk factor?

  • Fireblazes

    You don’t have to take it down, just try posting something else. You know, to keep the interest going for Ablog. If this is your business then you want traffic to your site. Finding the same story and the same well written article for 2 or 3 days does not do that. Maybe an update on the story. What has happened since the story was first written. Did anything change? Did the mayor relent? Was there far more to the story than first reported? Did anybody give a damn? Or are we just going to keep re-reading the same article? I really enjoyed Ablog a lot more when the postings were a lot more frequent. Now it has become one article of substance a day + cats. Now, I love cats, but Funny or Die has all of the cat videos I need. So sue me.

  • Fireblazes

    Whatever.

  • George Mason

    You can say pretty much the same thing about any city of similar size. I lived in Oakland for years in a very nice neighborhood. Like a lot of places in the Bay Area, your elevation determines your experience.

  • Ninong

    Yes, but the fact remains that you cannot sue on the basis of sexual-orientation discrimination. It’s perfectly legal in most jurisdictions to simply fire someone without giving any reason whatsoever.

    It can be very difficult to prove hostile work environment or intentional infliction of emotional distress unless there actually was a hostile work environment. A new manager, or mayor, could simply come in and fire all the gay employees and get away with it.

  • Ninong

    Oakland is unlivable. I was unfortunate enough to live there for just over a year and that was more than enough for me. Gangs are out of control in Oakland. Just compare Oakland’s crime stats against San Francisco’s.

    They even tried renaming East 14th Street as International Boulevard but that didn’t help. It’s still the same old East 14th Street.

  • George Mason

    You mean San Francisco where white people refer to the Fillmore as “da feemoe” and the Fillmore bus as The African Queen? San Francisco where people consider Oakland unlivable?

  • LaraHa

    there are other basis for a law suit, hostile work envrionement, stress directly related to the behaviour of supervisors. those lawsuits can be won. it takes time. but they can be won.

  • silas1898

    I saw that on the Billy Graham Highway by the Charlotte airport. Hilarious!

  • silas1898

    Good to hear! baby steps.

  • Ninong

    South Carolina elected Jim DeMint to the House of Representatives three times. They elected him to the Senate twice. The views of Jim DeMint are representative of the majority of the people of South Carolina.

    Just because there are many people in South Carolina who don’t think like Jim DeMint doesn’t change the fact that the majority do. Just because some Southern Baptists aren’t homophobic doesn’t change the fact that the majority are. They say they’re standing up for “traditional family values,” while at the same time having the highest divorce rate.

    You, of all people, know exactly what I’m talking about. You would understand it even better if you were older. Your generation is more tolerant than your parents’ generation, or your grandparents’ generation, but, in general, Southern Baptists do not accept what they describe as the “gay lifestyle.” The majority of Southern Baptists believe it is a “choice” and a “sin” and not an innate sexual orientation. You, of all people, know that to be true.

    Thank you for speaking out against bigotry and good luck living in South Carolina and being from a fundamentalist Christian denomination that does not accept gay marriage or equality for gays. Hopefully things will change over time, after all the people of my generation are dead and gone. Because the great majority of the people from my generation, who were born and raised in the Deep South, are very much against equality for gays. I don’t expect you to understand that, or even accept that it is true, but it is.

  • pappyvet

    Shades of Bull Connor.

  • Benz981

    Thank you for your true support, Mike. Unfortunately, I believe you are in the great minority of southerners. The south is still very much hateful of LGBT people, either outwardly or subtly/passively (still being “nice,” but supporting bigotry at the ballot box). The only way it will change is when the courts FORCE it by overturning unjust laws…. just like slavery (which took a war, actually), interracial marriage, racial integration into public service and accommodation, etc.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    A true child of the Internet, aren’t you? Six hours after the story breaks you’re bored of it, eh?

  • Mike Clark

    I haven’t checked my grammar. I just found it funny that a man would call someone uneducated when he completely botched his grammar worse than I could have lol.

  • AlwaysSurprised

    You’re making this up. A bulldog face named Earl Bullard from South Carolina? Wait. you can’t make this up. It’s too stupid to be made up.

  • Mike Clark

    Thank you! So true!

  • Mike Clark

    @benz981 I agree that a lot of people do just act nice and think that is enough. I am not one of those people though. I have always treated all people with respect and supported the LGBT. My sister is engaged to another woman and I will be best man in their commitment ceremony. My father who is a Southern Baptist preacher will be leading the ceremony Andy mother is the director. This has caused much turmoil in my family and honestly to my family and all others that spread hate I have one thing to say ” kiss my ass” lol. I really do hope that one day you guys will give the south a chance. I know how easy it is to portray us all as clones of Mayor Ballard but, that is just not true.

  • Ninong

    Only in the South will you find state legislatures willing to pass bullshit laws like these: The Louisiana legislature just passed a bill making the Bible the official state book. I think it’s headed to the state senate now. In reply to critics who said it was an endorsement of religion, the legislators said it has absolutely nothing to do with religion. Yeah, sure. And if you believe that, I have an official state fossil to sell you.

    How about the official state fossil of South Carolina, whose official-name bill just passed that state’s legislature this week: “Section 1-1-712A. The Columbian Mammoth, which was created on the Sixth Day with the other beasts of the field, is designated as the official State Fossil of South Carolina and must be officially referred to as the ‘Columbian Mammoth’, which was created on the Sixth Day with the other beasts of the field.”

    Congratulations, Mike. You can proudly claim the “Columbian Mammoth, which was created on the Sixth Day with the other beasts of the field” as your official State Fossil. That’s not proof that everyone in the great state of South Carolina is as ignorant and uneducated as the legislators who passed this laughable bill into law, or the governor who signed it, only that a majority of the voters in South Carolina voted for these ignorant jackasses.

    The democratically-elected legislators who passed that bill in Louisiana and the ones who passed that official State Fossil bill in South Carolina are representative of the majority of the people who live in those states and they’re typical of the majority of the people in the Deep South.

    Just last week the great state of Louisiana voted down a bill that would have removed the state’s anti-sodomy law. The law is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced but gay men in the greater Baton Rouge area are still being arrested and charged under that unconstitutional law. The Sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish uses it as a way to punish them for their “sin.” Young cops will offer to go with cruising gay men and then bust them if they accept the invitation. The DA won’t press charges and the sheriff knows that but that doesn’t stop him. That’s why the bill, sponsored by Democrats, was brought up. It failed to pass.

    Just last year the great state of Mississippi finally outlawed slavery. I guess they were still thinking about it all that time.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Unless that public body is compelled by the law to answer to a higher authority, that doesn’t change the circumstances.

    The town answers to its local government. If they don’t have an anti-discrimination municipal code, what holds is the state law. South Carolina, like 34 other states, does not have any LGBT-protecting laws in the area of employment. And as we already know, the Feds do not.

    DOMA is a different situation, and is helped by its specificity — whether or not the Federal gov’t can deny recognition to certain legally enacted marriages simply because they’re between gay or lesbian couples. The answer was no, but the ruling phrased in such a way it calls into question whether states can refuse recognition, too.

    Perhaps these rationales can be pulled into employment law, but it’s a stretch. We’d need either ENDA or a SCOTUS ruling similar to the way DOMA was overturned.

  • Ninong

    The South is not San Francisco. Let’s just leave it at that.

    You can find bigots all over the country but you can find more of them who think it is their Christian duty to stand up for “traditional marriage” and “family values” in the South. There are more of them who think gay people are “sinful” and shouldn’t be allowed to work as teachers or coach little league. You’ll find more of them voting to pull their sponsorship of the local Boy Scouts once gay boys are admitted.

    In the Deep South, you will find more than a fair share of people who are self-righteous in their conviction that gay people should “keep that stuff to themselves.” They can do whatever they want as long as they keep quiet about it and stay away from the children. That’s because most of those self-righteous, ignorant bigots actually believe that gays “recruit” children to join their “sinful lifestyle,” which they are convinced is a “choice” and not an innate sexual orientation.

  • Ninong

    I have no idea if that has ever worked but I know for sure it wouldn’t work in most states in the Deep South. It’s perfectly legal down here to fire someone because they are gay. It happens all the time. It all depends on whether a particular city has anti-discrimination laws that cover sexual orientation but none of the states do down here.

  • Ninong

    I’m sorry to say but it’s perfectly legal. It’s not right but it happens all the time.

  • cole3244

    maybe if you criticized those around you you might be better off rather then keeping silent and attacking others who speak the truth.

  • Benz981

    The main problem I have is how southern people equate being “really nice” to LGBT people with actually supporting LGBT people. So, a southern person who is pleasant and not outwardly hateful toward LGBT people… yet votes for lawmakers who enact constitutional amendments banning marriage equality, support policies that discriminate, etc. You might as well just gay bash me, because it feels the same. I’m not captivated by somebody just being “really nice and pleasant” to me. I’m most interested in full equality under the law… something that has real meaning.

  • rudolf schnaubelt

    That is sort of what I was thinking. With the change in equal protection and due process brought on by the more recent cases perhaps it would be possible to broaden out 1983 availability. Again, employment law is not my area. I am just asking whether this is a vulnerable point to breakthrough.

    The invidious discrimination is so blatant it cries out for a remedy.

    illegitimati non carborondum.

  • rudolf schnaubelt

    Thanks Becca, employment law is not my area of expertise. It just feels like there must be a way to prevent obvious discrimination. I guess we have to keep on pushing.

  • PeteWa

    in that case, I hope this site and other take their versions of the story down as soon as possible.
    we sure wouldn’t want the maximum possible number of people to know about this!

  • Tom in Lazybrook

    FYI, the city council in this small conservative, heavily evangelical, and rural Southern town are about to strip the Mayor of virtually all of his powers as a result of this case. I think that is quite significant and is probably as big of a story as the Mayor’s outrageous comments and discrimination. I think the police chief will be back on the job shortly.

    I’m outraged by the Mayor’s behavior and statements. We all should be. But I think that the bigger story is this. “Its no longer acceptable, even in Latta, SC, for this to happen”. And that can serve as a cautionary tale for other small municipal officials thinking of behaving similarly.

    There are many problems that the South has with bigotry and sullen nullification of discrimination norms. But that’s not the entire story.

  • Stev84

    That’s still somewhat of a new territory legally. A court here and there have considered it sex discrimination, but that’s not established legal doctrine. Other courts may disagree.

  • Fireblazes

    Story has been up for days.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    But they do make a lovely dress.

  • 2karmanot

    Oh for Christ’s sake Ms. Scarlet it’s curtains.

  • Moderator3

    Defend it, but not repeatedly. Also, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. You criticized the grammar of the article, but have you looked at your punctuation?

  • crazymonkeylady

    Sue his ass off.

  • k2read

    I am not an expert in discrimination matters, but how is this not sex discrimination? She had a legal relationship with a woman and was fired because of it. If she were a man and had a relationship with the same woman she wouldn’t have been fired. But for her being a woman she wouldn’t have been fired. Anyone know if this has been tried before?

  • Mike Clark

    I’ll stop but, first I have to ask: is the purpose of this article not to promote fairness and equality? These guys can make wildly false statements about the south but, I can’t defend it? Where is the fairness in that? I may have gone over board but, I feel that calling the entire south uneducated is just as bad if not worse.

  • Mike Clark

    I respect your opinion even if I disagree. If that’s the stance you choose to take then so be it. I personally feel that we are all the same and that the same problems exist in every part of the USA.

  • Moderator3

    We get it. You are now spamming, so move on to another subject. BTW – I’m the moderator who speaks with a southern accent.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    No, thank you. One visit to Alabama and another to the Virginias is about as much South as I can take. At any rate if I want to see churches and porno shops right next to each other I can just drive to Thurston County.

  • Mike Clark

    We’re not all like that. To make an assumption like that is misinformed and wrong on so many levels.

  • MyrddinWilt

    This isn’t private employment though. It is employment by a public body.

    Twelve months ago the reading of the law said that states could discriminate on marriage. Today the post prop-8/DOMA rulings have all come down saying they can’t.

    So I think it is certainly open to question as to whether the town can legally discriminate in who it offers employment to.

    ENDA is much broader in that it would cover private employment as well.

    At the very least, a case would get discovery and that tends to be bad for bigoted politicians.

  • Mike Clark

    To all the folks portraying the entire south as ignorant rednecks like Mayor Ballard I have one thing to say. He is very far from a fair representative of the great south and I invite you all to come and see for yourself.

  • Mike Clark

    I can point out at least 6 or 7 grammatical/spelling errors in that post and I am from the “uneducated” south. Despite what the rest of the country may or may not think of us, we are not all rednecks. I have lived in South Carolina for my entire 25 years and I can say without a doubt that Mayor Ballard is not a representation of the South. To make such an assumption about an entire region of our country shows how little factual knowledge you have of the South and its people. I invite you to visit us some day and maybe you can see for yourself how wonderful it is to be an American in any part of this great nation. One counterpoint I will make is that the guy that just killed multiple Jews because he hated them lives in Ohio and the headquarters of the KKK is in Indiana. We are app the same. Hope you will visit us and see that for yourself.

  • Mike Clark

    We’re not all like him. I’ve lived in South Carolina for my entire 25 years and it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. Yes we have a problem but, I will remind you that the headquarters of the KKK is in Indiana. So to say that discrimination only exists down south would be a wildly false and easily disproven theory. The fact that you take such a view of the South really makes you seem just as misguided and I’ll informed as Mayor Ballard. However as a tolerant and accepting person of all people I respect your opinion and hope that one day you will visit us and see for yourself.

  • Gen

    Here is a petition asking for an investigation of Mayor Earl Bullard. Sign and pass on if you believe this matter warrants looking into. Thank you.

    https://www.change.org/petitions/south-carolina-state-ethics-commission-investigate-mayor-of-latta-s-c-earl-bullard

  • bkmn

    Bullard is essentially behaving like the Catholic Church – blame the gays for child molestation. That used to work, not anymore asshole.

  • Palto

    While their kids are at home alone.

  • kevinbenett

    Wish the south and its inhabitants didn’t exist, this country would be better off. They live in a different and sick world.

  • docsterx

    Does anyone remember the comic strip “Li’l Abner”? Don’t many of our current crop of conservative politicians resemble Senator Jack S. (Jackass) Phogbound? He liked to brandish a rifle and rile up his “constitunuts.” And we thought current conservatives were devotees of Ayn Rand.

  • Tom in Lazybrook

    In the Old South, people who were appalled at the mayor’s statements and actions would be too scared to speak out. In the New South, there are some that are pushing back.
    Baby steps. Baby steps. Baby steps.

  • Martin

    My boyfriend and I are going to travel to Earl Bullard’s home, and we are going to hold hands in front of his house.

  • kevinbenett

    Gotta love the south, what would we do for laughs if it wasn’t for our, uneducated, ignorant, sister marrying baffoons who reside there, its call the Repubublican base, laughable all the time.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Employment isn’t considered a civil right unless a person is under legally defined categories at the federal and/or state and/or local level. Had that bigoted mayor said, “I don’t want no woman serving as police chief” — she’d have a case. Because he said he objected to her because she was a lesbian, that remains legal.

    There is no such protection guarantee against employment discrimination at the federal or South Carolina state level based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The civil right of employment protection has not been codified in law for LGBTs.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Maybe if we publicize more high profile cases like this, regular non-bigoted folks will realize there is no nationwide protection against job discrimination for LGBTs. The polling numbers favoring ENDA have consistently led by 10-30% in favor, with homophobes like that mayor being in the dwindling minority.

    Even among Republicans, a majority favors employment protections.

    As for the lack of an executive order and it’s usual “it’s out of my hands” excuse, we changed Obama’s mind on marriage. I’d say it’s long past time we changed his mind on the executive order. The biggest difference back on marriage was we needed the DoJ to stop writing anti-gay briefs for the courts, and for the Solicitor General to argue before the Supreme Court the administration’s official position was that DOMA was unconstitutional.

    That was a recognition of what power did exist, the discretion of the Executive. The power that did NOT exist was for Obama to somehow convince House Republicans and weak-spined ConservaDems to repeal DOMA, which he kept saying was his preferred outcome. We’ve seen for ourselves the sheer power of a SCOTUS overturn — and they didn’t even throw out the entire law, just the Federal part.

    It is not within Obama’s power to make the House GOPers pass ENDA. It is within his power to issue the EO and has been since the day he swore in, in January 2009.

  • rudolf schnaubelt

    Wouldn’t a section 1983 action be available here? She has been deprived of a civl right protected by the Constitution by a person acting under colour of authority:

    Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia. – See more at: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/42/21/I/1983#sthash.LmnHTIyJ.dpuf

  • zerosumgame0005

    follow the link to the transcript, it is there

  • zerosumgame0005

    every time daddy is home I would guess…

  • StraightGrandmother

    National Association of Realtors website verifies
    Earl H. Bullard Jr. as a member

    Please contact the national Association of Realtors and point out that it is very unlikely that he is following their Non Discrimination Policy in light of the recordings that have recently been made public.

    http://www.realtor.org/contact-us

  • zerosumgame0005

    click where “here is the full transcript” underlined then about halfway down the page that takes you to;

    http://www.wbtw.com/story/25266895/folks-question-why-latta-mayor-fired-the-towns-first-female-police-chief

  • StraightGrandmother

    This makes me mad and when I get mad I fight back.
    You will see a series of comments from me that show that the Mayor of Latta South Carolina
    Earl H. Bullard Jr.
    Is ALSO I member of the National Association of Realtors.
    Realtor and Realtors is actually Trademarked, you cannot call yourself a Realtor unless you are a member of the Association and pay their dues.
    Now the National Association of Realtors has a Non Discrimination Policy which includes sexual orientation that members must follow.
    I would presume if you didn’t follow their Organization policies you would be kicked out.
    First pic below verifies that Earl H. Bullard Jr. is the Mayor of Latta.
    With that Junior after his name we want to make very sure that we are not complaining about his son.
    In other words the Mayor is Earl Hubbard Sr Mayor and the son Earl Hubbard Jr is the Realtor.
    I have verified this is not the case. They are one in the same person.

  • jomicur

    That would only work if the mayor himself was sober. I have my doubts…

  • rerutled

    How funny would this be: At the next city council meeting, a group of citizens gets completely hammered — sputtering drunk — shows up, and each speaks out for the mayor, thanking him for his steadfast support, and offering to provide him with childcare. (Not in earnest; as a means of mocking his position).

  • Tom Hawk

    Same here. The ad in the text space is doubled vertically covering a portion of the text. I’m using Mozilla Firefox as my browser.

  • Indigo

    Another bigot stands up to be identified. It’s just as well, now the folks in his town know not to support whatever he’s advocating.

  • Indigo

    Actually, the New South has more money to throw around than the Old South did. Other than that . . . plus ça change . . .

  • StraightGrandmother

    Sigh…
    Together we can make change happen.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Hate to admit it but i can’t see the link where I listen to the actual audio.
    Where is it?

  • Elijah Shalis

    My friend and his coworker were fired for being gay from Zoup! Ann Arbor, there is an ordinance against it so the manager just made up a different bogus reason (same one for both of them). Of course she had reprimanded them for being gay a few months earlier. My friend had worked there for 3 years.

  • dcinsider

    I’m not sure that the extension of grant money would obligate a municipality on a nondiscrimination Executive Order. Most municipalities receive federal money, at least a portion, and usually through Homeland Security. However obligating that grant money with a nondiscrimination order is not, I suspect, enforceable.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    The old “I don’t agree with the lifestyle” argument! Well then! That settles it. We should just stop bothering him.

  • S_in_Tokyo

    John, over the last few days I have been having trouble with doubled ads covering up parts of the text. Here, over the top left-hand corner of the transcript, there is a doubled ad about boosting testosterone, getting long eyelashes, and the single tip that would make me happy and successful. I can put up with meaningless ads as long as they don’t cover up what I want to read.

  • Quilla

    Oh, wow.

    Sometimes I wonder what freaking century we’re living in.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    I find myself wondering how often the good mayor’s kid has had to enjoy the loving attentions of a drunkard.

  • cole3244

    along with a few other rw red states nothing that comes out of sc would surprise me, unless it is walking upright. (i kid because i care)

  • http://reimagined.me/ Rick Roberts

    John, I’m not seeing the audio file.

  • jomicur

    Another fine lesson in morality from the Christian right. Exposing children to habitual drunkenness is just peachy; exposing them to love and affection is evil. Yessirree, the “New South” is totally different than the Old South, alrighty.

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