Saturday, April 26, 2014

156.1 - Good News: small South Carolina town supports lesbian police chief

Good News: small South Carolina town supports lesbian police chief

So let's start off with a bit of good news, just something to cheer you up a bit. You'll need it later.

Crystal Moore is, or rather was, a police chief. In her 20 years on the job, she had never received a reprimand. Suddenly, she got a string of seven and then, on April 14, she was fired by the mayor. But most people believed he fired her because she is a lesbian and the reprimands were created as a cover.

Adding credence to that suspicion was the fact that the mayor, whose name is Earl Bullard and who has only been in office since December, was recorded saying that he would rather leave his children in the care of a drunk alcoholic than someone "whose lifestyle is questionable."

The day after the firing, on April 15, dozens of residents were picketing outside of town hall calling for Moore to be reinstated. Others held a prayer vigil. Two days after that, on April 17, the city council voted to strip some of the mayor's powers and shift them to the council.

So she was fired for being a lesbian and the town is standing up for her. And that's great. But this is the real good news part: Where is this happening, where are people standing up for a lesbian, demanding she get her job back? Where is this place where the mayor who fired her wound up losing some of his authority as a result?

It was the town of Latta, South Carolina, population 1400.

Justice is coming.

By the way, a quick footnote: According to a survey of 40 nations by the Pew Research Center Global Attitudes Project, the country in the world which is most accepting of homosexuality is Spain, were a mere 6% said it is "morally unacceptable" as compared to 55% who say it is and 38% who say it's not a moral issue.

The US breakdown was 37%-23%-35%, respectively. Ranked by the percentage who say homosexuality is morally unacceptable, Spain is the best of the 40, Ghana is the worst, and the US is 12th.

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