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Oregon Mayor Says Gay Unions Are an 'Abomination', Calls Washington State 'Sodom and Gomorrah', Apologizes

Daniel Pokorney, the Mayor of La Grande, Oregon, apologized at a public forum on Monday night after remarks he made about same-sex marriage on his Facebook page drew attention angered constituents and members of Eastern Oregon University’s Gay-Straight Alliance, the La Grande Observer reports:

PokorneyFacing a crowd dominated by college students, he wasted neither time nor words defending himself.

“I sincerely apologize for my choice of words in the two Facebook posts last week. My choice of words was harmful and hurtful,” he said. “I don’t hate anyone. My intent was not to be hurtful, but to express myself on important issues. I understand there is a right way and a wrong way to address the issues.”

In one of his Facebook posts, Pokorney called Washington state the “latest state to transition to Sodom and Gomorrah,” and in another, he criticized New Jersey for continuing what he called the “abomination of same sex unions.”

Many had called for the mayor's resignation. It's unclear, after the forum, which lasted a couple of hours, if those demands will still being made.

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  1. Too many political figures are getting away with their 'apologizing' for comments made on Twitter and Facebook and other social media. They all knew what they were getting themselves into and did it anyway. An apology is no longer enough. When you spread hate you need to face the consequences and step down from your position of authority as you are no longer worthy of it. No exceptions!

    Posted by: Robbie | Feb 23, 2012 2:52:17 PM

  2. well, it wasn't the choice of wording that was offensive - it was the sentiment.

    and the story of Sodom was about greed and the hoarding of wealth and provisions away from those in need.

    so if one is worried about a "modern day Sodom" the need to be worried about the refusal to redistribute wealth to the poor.

    alas, Right-Wing Christians will ignore this scriptural reality.

    this is one of those things that people don't seem to understand: you can google as hard as you want and you WILL NOT FIND any bigoted or prejudicial statements against the LGBT Community by President Obama.

    bigots like this mayor? bigotry is THE driving force behind their so-called "opinions"

    the man is scum.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 23, 2012 2:53:45 PM

  3. Dorothy Michaels called. She wants her glasses back.

    Posted by: DAVID | Feb 23, 2012 2:53:58 PM

  4. this is why old people shouldn't be on Facebook

    Posted by: Tim NC | Feb 23, 2012 3:00:16 PM

  5. Mhh, I can't find these messages on his Facebook page. Either he deleted them or this is a privacy setting thing

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 23, 2012 3:06:33 PM

  6. hmmm...sorry....or sorry you got caught!

    Posted by: Johnny | Feb 23, 2012 3:08:22 PM

  7. You would think that after all of the apologies public figures have had to make, that people would start waking up to the fact that even the mayor of a small town in Oregon cannot get away with bigotry and hate speech.

    Posted by: voet | Feb 23, 2012 3:25:17 PM

  8. He looks like a molester to me...we'll see him in the news with kiddie porn on his computer and 3,2,1..

    Posted by: John | Feb 23, 2012 3:25:38 PM

  9. The latest craze, say something, apologize for it, but *wink* *wink* you know I really meant to say this. It's like that Santorum aide calling Obama's policies radical Islamic, then later apologizng. She's speaking to their constituents & letting them know we believe this but apology was only to be politically correct.

    Posted by: sara | Feb 23, 2012 3:26:41 PM

  10. La Grande Oregon is a beautiful mountain town. But, this mayor really makes it look like an ugly town.

    Posted by: Barney | Feb 23, 2012 3:29:23 PM

  11. @Robbie, well said. These comments were made just last week and he had to know they were wrong at the time of writing them, else he is not self-aware or in control of himself enough to be mayor of a town. @Tim NC, the only thing worse than reading about a vile bigot like this is reading a comment by another bigot. Ageism is bigotry! It's not his age that is offensive here.

    Posted by: chgoguy7 | Feb 23, 2012 3:31:24 PM

  12. @SARA: You're exactly right! These politicians are pandering to their base via these incendiary and hateful speech, then issuing non-apologies. It's a disgusting tactic and someone needs to call them on it!

    Posted by: Ron | Feb 23, 2012 3:33:06 PM

  13. Those two cities always sound so dreadful! When people want to make sex and people doing the act sound so evil and vile.
    I always picture dreadful actions ablaze back then. It sounds wonderful, of course, until hellfire and brimstone rain on their parade.

    Posted by: Tim | Feb 23, 2012 3:39:22 PM

  14. The only thing he is sorry for is that it was noticed and that he got called out for it. Anyone who accepted these phony "apologies" is very naive

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 23, 2012 4:10:18 PM

  15. But it's very heartening that many of the folks around there are protesting his bigotry. Eastern OR hasn't exactly been known for that.

    Even if the numbers of protestors is small, the fact that they're willing to stand up publicly to this guy is great progress.

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 23, 2012 4:37:29 PM


    Posted by: John | Feb 23, 2012 4:48:21 PM

  17. To Tim NC...this is just as bad! How dare you !

    "this is why old people shouldn't be on Facebook"

    Posted by: Tim NC | Feb 23, 2012 3:00:16 PM

    Posted by: Fliptrx | Feb 23, 2012 4:49:32 PM

  18. Another worthless "I'm Sorry" from the party that never has true remorse. And he's only sorry if you were offended, otherwise he meant what he said.

    Posted by: Dale | Feb 23, 2012 5:30:44 PM

  19. The people of Oregon have a wonderful tendency of putting bigots in their place without missing a beat.

    Posted by: Jeff K. | Feb 23, 2012 7:39:34 PM

  20. So it is now alright to say or post any ignorant crap one so desires and then offer up an insincere apology and that makes it okay. I wish I had known it was so easy before now.

    Posted by: vanndean | Feb 23, 2012 8:21:04 PM

  21. The enemy is religion. This mayor apologizes for his hurtful words, but it's beyond his control - the Bible takes precedence over the Constitution. The wall that separates church and state must crumble, and if he has to cast the first stone, so be it, its the will of God. The enemy is religion.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Feb 23, 2012 8:35:32 PM

  22. Just another hater who turns into a weenie when confronted. This guy is a joke. Never, never, never accept the apologies of the haters because they don't mean them. Just expose them, ridicule them and do what you can to make their lives as miserable as they have attempted to make yours.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 23, 2012 8:47:31 PM

  23. Pokorney Pig needs to resign. And those Sally Jesse glasses are sooo 1992, hon.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Feb 23, 2012 9:32:38 PM

  24. La Grande is a beautiful place, but it has the conservative politics of most of Oregon outside the liberal bastion of Portland and they hate Portland and our politics.

    Posted by: PatricknChuck | Feb 23, 2012 11:19:23 PM

  25. Wow.. Tootsie called and she'd like her glasses back.

    Posted by: MKe | Feb 23, 2012 11:32:06 PM

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