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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. Not.good.enough
    His apology isn't worth the time his PR agent took to write it out.

    Posted by: Mk_ultra_again | Feb 24, 2012 1:43:12 AM

  2. Homophobia knows NO COLOR!

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Feb 24, 2012 2:04:30 AM

  3. he's TOTES wearing "pedophile glasses!"

    seriously. pedophiles all shop at the same store.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 24, 2012 2:07:25 AM

  4. Grow a pair, Pokorney.

    Nuts, not a pair of fabulous spectacles.

    That's all.

    Posted by: seattlecpd | Feb 24, 2012 4:38:04 AM

  5. Why do all these bigots look like men I'd never let hang around a children's play area? WTF is with that pencil mustache? And TINTED spectacles? It's like that dude George Farah on World Net Daily: he has a muctache that makes him look like someone who molests domestic animals.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Feb 24, 2012 6:10:09 AM

  6. Once upon a time some christian shaman comes up with the phrase "hate the sin, love the sinner" and we are all supposed to feel warm and cuddly knowing that deep in their hearts they love us, they really, really love us. People like this mayor, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney will never ever change how they feel about non-heterosexuals because they will never ever challenge what some "authority" told them. They can be presented with
    science proving that all sexual expression is "normal" and natural but their belief in magic and superstition prevents them from accepting any information that does not conform with what they have been told.
    It is also possible that anyone of these rabidly anti-gay reformers as a youth saw a naked male body,popped a boner and has been shamefully denying that reaction ever since. Because they are all woefully and dangerously ignorant about human sexuality they would immediately think such a reaction "makes them gay". And what better way to "prove" your not-gayness to yourself, the world and the sky fairy than by vehemently pushing for a return to the 1950's when it was not only a sin to be non-heterosexual it was illegal too! If the Kinsey or Klein Scale was used universally instead of the artificial terms "homo-, hetero- and bisexual" the teenage Mitt Romneys of the world would know that "getting chubby" in the gym showers doesn't make you a Kinsey-6 it just means you are not a Kinsey-0

    Posted by: Paul in Charleston | Feb 24, 2012 8:47:45 AM

  7. a·pol·o·gy noun, plural -gies.

    1. a written or spoken expression of one's regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another

    I would suggest that he KNOWS what an apology actually IS before he tries issuing one. ANYONE who believes this clown is as ignorant as he is.

    Posted by: Craig | Feb 25, 2012 12:53:14 PM

  8. sick sick sick

    Posted by: sick | Jun 3, 2012 12:37:49 AM

  9. First of all, I live in La Grande. It's far from a "beautiful mountain town." More like a heavy wind on a muddy beach. And, secondly, who cares what someone says? So many hateful comments on this page, and then you want respect... because why?... Because you have sex with someone who has the same sexual organs? You're special because you are a human, not because you're a homosexual. Daniel Pokorney is a fine man who seeks to do well by his neighbor.

    Posted by: Butler | Nov 3, 2012 8:13:29 AM

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