Mayor to resign over gay slurs.

In Pomeroy, OH, there is a talented young police officer whose partner, another man, visits him at the station for lunch on some days…just like the spouses of all the other policemen.  This did not sit well with Pomeroy’s mayor, Mary McAngus.

The chief wrote that McAngus called him into her office and said she had heard “that Kyle was a queer” and asked what the chief was going to do about it.

“She stated, ‘I don’t like a Queer working for the Village; I might be old-fashioned, but I don’t like it.’  ” Proffitt wrote.

But then the police chief did something great.  In small town, USA, he defied the mayor and went to bat for his subordinate.  And as word got out, McAngus’ bigotry began to have the effect it should: people got pissed.  This country is changing, and where the consequences of society were once always upon LGBT people, now some major consequences are swinging toward anybody who thinks it’s their birthright to infringe on the happiness of LGBT people.

And because of this, Mary McAngus is now going to resign.

As pressure from groups pledging support and preaching tolerance mounted from far outside the village yesterday, McAngus delivered a one-page, handwritten letter to a council member.

It is expected that the council will formally accept it at a previously scheduled meeting on Monday, said Council President Jackie Welker. “We look forward to getting this behind us,” Welker said. “We support our police chief and his department and have all the confidence in the world in what they do. We’re sorry this all happened.”

Do you know what her letter didn’t contain?  An apology.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    I am glad it didn’t have an apology. It wouldn’t have been a real apology. It would have said “I’m sorry you are offended” not “I’m sorry I said a stupid and bigoted thing.”

    But it is a positive sign. This country is changing. Watch, in less than ten years, we are going to have the same loud-mouthed bigots using religion as reason for their bigotry turn around to claim they were always fighting for gay rights because of their religion.

    • Loqi

      What are you talking about? MLK was a staunch conservative in favor of maintaining civil order!

      I’m just glad the internet is around now, so we have a basically indestructible record of everything they’ve said for the last…forever denying gay rights because of religion. Not that it will deter the behavior, since we all know that reality is of no consequence to the devout.

      • Glodson

        The funny thing is they will try to rewrite the record when we have video tape, audio recordings, and pictures. I guess adding the documentation of the internet won’t be a problem….

        Except that it is easy to fact check, if one is so inclined. It is just that too few are so inclined if the story hits their confirmation bias.

        • sqlrob

          Will try? Like it hasn’t already been happening.

    • James Greene

      Since when have facts got in the way of any claim made by zealot groups?

  • Brad1990

    That story has genuinely made me smile :) Hell yes, Mr. Police Chief.

  • rumitoid

    It is curious that during this past election cycle, everything that tended to support Obama, such as the polls and fact-checking, was seen as a liberal conspiracy. My boss, a Christian Conservative but usually a reasonable man (despite that), told me flat out that the fact-checking sites were all run by “lefties.” Since then, I have seen this notion repeated by other Christians and Righties a few hundred times over. Better to trust the hate- and fear-mongering emails. The Right has become, it seems, a totally closed system.

    • Glodson

      I think it is clearly a case of epistemic closure.

      It is a closed system, but there seems to be a semi-preamble membrane surrounding the system. Facts only get in if they are already fit within the established “reality” experienced by those within.