An Alabama mayor has apologized after a Facebook post and comment referred to LGBTQ people, socialists and “baby killers” and “killing them out.”
Mark Chambers, the mayor of Carbon Hill, Alabama, a town of about 2,000 people, said that he was sorry for making the comment and that it was not representative of his town.
“Although I believe my comment was taken out of context and was not targeting the LGBTQ community, I know that it was wrong to say anyone should be kill,” he wrote in a Facebook post, captured in a screenshot by the Daily Mountain Eagle newspaper in nearby Jasper.
WBRC-TV in Birmingham reported that Chambers originally posted on Facebook a message that read, “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.”
Another user commented on Chambers’ post referencing a “revolution,” WBRC reported, which prompted the mayor’s response: “The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but without killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”
The post and comment have since been deleted.
Chambers told the Daily Mountain Eagle he did not intend to resign as criticisms mounted. Speaking with WBRC on Monday, the mayor at first defended the post.
“I never said anything about killing out gays or anything like that,” Chambers said. The station said it read the comment back to Chambers, who replied, “That’s in a revolution. That’s right! If it comes to a revolution in this country both sides of these people will be killed out.”
Carbon Hill is about 55 miles northeast of Birmingham. Chambers became mayor in 2014.
In a Facebook post, the Human Rights Campaign Alabama chapter called Chambers’ comments “horrifying, unconscionable and unacceptable.”
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“LGBTQ people face disproportionate levels of violence and harassment in their daily lives,” the post read. “Despite his subsequent apology, this is wholly inappropriate behavior, and Mayor Chambers must be held to account.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
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