South Carolina Mayor Sacks Lesbian Police Chief, Caught in Homophobic Rant
Mayor Earl Bullard of Latta, South Carolina fired the small town’s police chief, Crystal Moore. Bullard fired Moore after she received several reprimands, a first in her lengthy career that spans over twenty years, alleging failure to maintain order and questioning authority. Moore believes the mayor had a vendetta against her simply because she was a lesbian. The mayor’s decision has been criticized with the city council voting to weaken his powers and shift some of the powers to the council.
One council member produced an audio recording of a telephone call with the mayor going on a homophobic rant. Bullard’s rant mentions he would rather have an alcoholic than someone whose lifestyle is questionable around his child. A massive amount of support has gathered behind Moore, demanding she be reinstated. The small town is receiving national attention with the Human Rights Campaign demanding Moore’s reinstatement as well, commenting that Congress should pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The passage of such a law would make it illegal to fire or harass an employee based on their sexual orientation.
The full transcript of Bullard’s tirade is available 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 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. ”
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’. Okay, fine and dandy, but I don’t have to look at it and I don’t want my child around it.”