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NHCS board member getting heat for gay marriage comments

Published: May. 27, 2015 at 8:43 PM EDT|Updated: May. 31, 2015 at 8:48 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Comments attributed to a New Hanover County School Board member regarding gay marriage are stirring up a bit of controversy.

A Facebook account with the name Tammy Jobin Covil posted in the New Hanover Co (NC) Republicans Facebook group calling gay marriage "a perverted lifestyle."

The account, believed to be that of New Hanover County School board member Tammy Covil, posted an article about teaching gay education. The article has since been removed but the comment she posted remains and says:

Yet another example of why the social issues matter in politics. Gay marriage isn't about marriage rights at all, it's about forcing others to accept a perverted lifestyle choice as 'normal.' It's important to know where the leaders of our party stand on these issues because they have a profound impact on our society. #TheSocialIssuesMatter.

It struck a chord with supporters of gay rights. They're comparing this to the debate in the General Assembly now that would allow magistrates to not perform gay marriages because of religious concerns.

Equality NC tweeted about the comments in reference to Senate Bill 2 that would allow marriage officials to dismiss themselves from performing marriage ceremonies because of religious objection.

The LGBTQIA organization tweeted, "Why don't we want #ncga to allow public officials to discriminate? This @NewHanoverCoSch member is a start. #stopSB2."

New Hanover County's Democratic Party is also showing its disapproval for the comments.

"Ms. Covil's statements are a prime example of why the public needs to pay close attention to down ballot races. It is a perversion of the US Constitution for an elected official to advocate for the denial of equal protection for all," Elizabeth Redenbaugh, chair of the New Hanover County Democratic Party said in a statement. "Growing up is hard enough for our students without one of their leaders condemning them for who they are and who they love."

Covil has not responded to voicemail messages, emails, texts or Facebook messages at this time.

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