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South Carolina Town Takes Action in Defense of Fired Lesbian Police Chief: VIDEO


Last week, we reported the developing story on the controversial firing of Police Chief Crystal Moore of Latta, South Carolina. Moore says she was fired by Mayor Earl Bullard because of her sexual orientation, a claim backed up by a leaked audio recording of Bullard saying he’d rather have an alcoholic be responsible for his kids than a gay person with a “questionable” lifestyle.

The city council, which has been looking into the issue, is now taking action in defense of Moore.

Think Progress reports:

First, the Latta Town Council voted unanimously (6-0) on an emergency ordinance that blocks Bullard from replacing Moore for about two months. During that time, the town will have a chance to vote on a referendum adjusting the basic governing structure to grant more power to the council and less to the mayor. If that adjustment is made, council members say they will vote to rehire Moore.

In a separate symbolic vote, the council voted 6-0 to support Moore for her 20 years of service to the town.

Earlier this week, Moore also appeared on MSNBC to discuss her situation. You can watch the interview AFTER THE JUMP

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  1. great development for chief moore, waiting to see what action the council takes. my heart goes out to anyone who finds themselves jobless without audio tape.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 24, 2014 1:06:31 PM

  2. The amazing part of this story is how the town has reacted. Not long ago, nobody would have come to her defense. This sort of progress in a tiny SC town is wonderful.

    Posted by: Sam | Apr 24, 2014 1:15:52 PM

  3. Great news for her.....but I have little sympathy for the town of Latta, South Carolina....what do you expect when you elect a redneck for mayor? The town brought all this negative publicity on themselves..

    Posted by: wct | Apr 24, 2014 1:17:32 PM

  4. Twenty years of service is hard to argue with.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 24, 2014 3:10:32 PM

  5. The town might want to consider an anti gay discrimination ordinance too.

    Posted by: chasmader | Apr 24, 2014 3:11:59 PM

  6. This story is heartwarming. I hope it ends with the fired officer being reinstated.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Apr 24, 2014 6:52:32 PM

  7. Here's a comment from the initial story: "While I am totally sympathetic to her situation, and I hope that she wins a big settlement in a lawsuit, why would she want to work in South Carolina in the first place?"

    Perhaps she's in South Carolina because her neighbors value her as part of a community.

    It's time to stop judging entire states based on the actions of a tiny minority...even if that minority is an elected official. No politician ever gets 100% of any vote, which means she or he doesn't represent the opinions of everyone.

    A horrific hate crime happened recently in New York, but no one posted nonsense questioning why the victim choose to live in Brooklyn.

    Posted by: alex | Apr 24, 2014 6:57:28 PM

  8. While it is up to the residents, they could do what California did to Gray Davis and recall the mayor (if their city charter allows recalls).

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 24, 2014 7:39:24 PM

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