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.
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.