Guilford GOP Chair continues with anti-gay rhetoric; NC Advocacy Coalition demands apology now
Below is a press release from this morning, from the NC Advocacy Coalition:
Guilford GOP Chair Marcus Kindley continues with anti-gay rhetoric
Appearance on morning talk show indicates his lack of regret in comparing gays to pedophiles; NCAC still insists on apology and retraction
Greensboro, NC - On Thursday morning, July 13, 2006, Guilford County Republican Party Chairman Marcus Kindley appeared on 107.5 KZL’s “Murphy in the Morning Show.” During the interview with show host Jack Murphy, Kindley continued his anti-gay rhetoric and showed no indication of regret in comparing gays to pedophiles.
On Monday, July 10, 2006, Kindley stated on his blog, The Chairman’s Corner: “We now say that homosexuality is ok. That is natural. Yes it is as natural as pedophilia.”
Kindley’s blog is linked from the official Guilford GOP site, did not include a disclaimer of being a personal blog until July 12, and is fashioned after the State Republican Party’s website and its “Chairman’s Corner” section for the State Chairman. It is very clear that Kindley’s blog was not intended to be the “personal blog of Marcus Kindley,” but rather the “blog of the Chairman of the Guilford County Republican Party.”
On Tuesday, July 11, 2006, the NC Advocacy Coalition requested an immediate and formal apology and retraction from Marcus Kindley and the Guilford County Republican Party. Kindley has refused to give any apology, although he did arrogantly state on the morning talk show that he would say he was sorry to any person if you read his writings and “offended yourself.” During the show, Kindley also compared the “lifestyle choice” of homosexuality to the choice of being overweight.
Rollin Kibbe is the President of the Triangle chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans and he also appeared on the morning talk show. The Log Cabin Republicans is a group consisting of Republicans who are also gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Kibbe stated that he first read Kindley’s anti-gay writings wanting to give him some grace, but based off comments made during the talk show Kibbe stated he was offended and felt as though Kindley does not realize the mistake he made in comparing gays to pedophiles. Kibbe also pointed out that Kindley had later compared homosexuality to being as un-natural as a “fish riding a bicycle.”
At the end of the segment in which Kindley appeared, talk show host Jack Murphy stated, “To compare any gay person to a pedophile is just wrong” and “You can’t insult them for what they are and expect them to want to join the party.”
The North Carolina Advocacy Coalition is now demanding an immediate and official apology and retraction from Mr. Kindley and the Guilford County Republican Party for the harmful and dangerous anti-gay remarks. Kindley’s ignorance and prejudice has been made very clear, a stance for which Kindley seems unapologetic. Kindley must understand that his comments are harmful to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Fear and scare tactics comparing gays to the repulsive, immoral and illegal perversion of pedophilia and child abuse and exploitation cannot be tolerated in Guilford County or in North Carolina.
The NC Advocacy Coalition will be discussing their next action in this situation today.
The North Carolina Advocacy Coalition is a state-wide political action committee focused on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allied supporters. More information on NCAC is available at www.ncadvocacycoalition.org, by phone at 336-391-9528 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please see the following previous releases and statements: