A mayor in Alabama, US, has implored the public to ‘kill’ gay people in a disturbing and since deleted Facebook post.
Mark Chambers, the mayor of Carbon Hill, posted on Friday (31 May) before deleting and apologizing for the comments.
Many LGBTI rights groups have called for the mayor to step down, but he has shown no sign of budging.
What did the mayor say?
Chambers has been mayor of the small patch of the state since 2014.
In a reportedly all upper-case post, he said: ‘We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals. Transvestites lecture us on human biology.
‘Baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics.’
When Facebook followers commented in agreement, Chambers chipped in with a rather troublesome suggestion.
When asked how the people can change this world, the mayor replied: ‘The only way to change it would be to kill them [LGBTI people] out.
‘I know it’s bad to say, but without killing them out, there’s no way to fix it.’
Mayor denies writing the post
A reporter for the local news station WBRC contacted Chambers on Monday.
He initially denied writing the post, and when the reporter asked if he would be willing to meet in person, he declined and then hung up.
According to NY Daily News, the mayor rung the reporter back up a few minutes later. He acknowledged the post, but users took it out of context. Chambers intended the message to be private.
Calling immigrants ‘ungrateful,’ he added, ‘I never said anything about killing out gays or anything like that.’
Calls for the mayor to stand down
The comment prompted calls for the mayor to step down, including from the Alabama branch of the Human Rights Campaign.
The group called Chambers’ comments ‘horrifying, unconscionable and unacceptable.’
‘LGBTQ people face disproportionate levels of violence and harassment in their daily lives – a fact that is especially true in Alabama. Mayor Chambers must be held to account.’
However, Chambers has given no signal that he will step down as mayor of Carbon Hill.
The small town of less than 2,000 people, is 240km north of the state capital, Montgomery.