Human Rights Campaign Joins Effort to Reinstate Fired Lesbian Police Chief

LATTA, South Carolina (KRON) — The Human Rights Campaign and other pro-LGBT groups are joining the call for the reinstatement of a small town South Carolina police chief who says she was fired because of her sexual orientation.

Latta’s mayor Earl Bullard fired the chief just months after taking office. He issued her seven disciplinary actions first, the first demerits in 20 years on the force.

The former chief’s supporters have been holding candlelight vigils and staging silent protests calling for her reinstatement.

While the mayor has denied the firing is over the ex-chief’s sexual orientation, a city council member has come forward with an audiotape in which Bullard expresses revulsion at LGBT people.

“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,” the mayor can be heard saying on the tape. “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. I’m not going to let two 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 two men neither. I’m not going to do it. Because that ain’t the way the world works.”

The Human Rights Campaign says the case highlights the need for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. You can still be fired in 30 states for being an LGBT person.

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