South Carolina Town Defends Fired Lesbian Police Chief Against Anti-Gay Mayor

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The Town Council of Latta, South Carolina took action Tuesday night in defense of recently fired Police Chief Crystal Moore, who many people believe Mayor Earl Bullard fired because she is openly gay.

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.

Bullard fired Moore last week after issuing her seven reprimands on the same day, which is seven more than she had ever received. Councilman Jared Taylor revealed a phone call in which Bullard explained that he believes homosexuality is similar to alcoholism: “I’m not going to let my child be around. I’m not going to let two women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it.”

Bullard has not answered any questions about the firing and did not attend Tuesday night’s meeting.