County Lawmaker Rants About 'Queer' Running for President - Page 2

Apparent reference to Pete Buttigieg has earned Tennessee's Warren Hurst condemnation
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2019 9:10 AM CDT

  • National waves: The hubbub isn't just contained to the state, with both the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD condemning Hurst's remarks, per NBC News. "With LGBTQ people running for office at every level of government and more and more people voting for candidates who support equality, he should be more worried about losing his seat than losing his rights," an HRC rep says in a statement.
  • Possible repercussions: At least one group is already throwing out the idea that Hurst should step down over his "racist and homophobic rant," NBC notes. "The County Commission should censure Commissioner Hurst and he should consider resigning unless he is willing to sponsor some ordinances to make county government more inclusive," says the Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBTQ advocacy group.
  • A more expensive ripple effect? A Tennessee state representative says Hurst's "embarrassing" comments aren't just offensive, they could hit the area where it really hurts: its pocketbook. "Folks in Sevier County who rely on tourist dollars—it's that sort of thing that's going to chase people away," Gloria Johnson tells the News Sentinel, noting that Dollywood, a "most open and welcoming place," is located in Pigeon Forge, which is in Sevier County.
  • A final thought: WVLT tracked Hurst down, and he told the station that even though some of his best friends are African American, he's not backing down from what he said because he's entitled to his opinions.
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