NC Lt. Gov. Asked to Resign After Calling Homosexuality ‘Filth’

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North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson is under fire for controversial comments he made at a church in June. 

Several North Carolina state senators are asking Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson to resign after a video on social media showed him making negative comments about the LGBTQ+ community.  

According to CNN, the video, which shows Robinson speaking at a church in June, reveals him saying, “there’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality—any of that filth.”  

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Robinson continued on to say, “It is flat-out child abuse. They take your children, and tell them they have to attend school, don’t have a choice. And then some of them will tell them they don’t want you to have a choice where they go to school, you have to send your children here to school. Then when they get there, what do they teach them? Teach them a bunch of stuff about how to hate America, teach them a bunch of stuff about why they are racist, teach them a bunch of stuff about transgenderism and homosexuality.” 

The lieutenant governor also made it clear that he did not care who took issue with his statement, saying, “And yes, I called it filth, and if you don’t like it that I called it filth— come see me and I’ll explain it to you.”  

He was forced to later clarify and his office said his comments were focused on education. “We must focus on reading, writing and mathematics in North Carolina,” a statement sent from his office said. “Our students have struggled with these topics even before the pandemic. Our primary focus needs to be helping our students succeed, not on topics that should be discussed at home.”  

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Democratic State Senators Jeff Jackson and Wiley Nickel are calling for Robinson to step down from his role.  

Democratic Governor Roy Cooper gave the following statement to CNN:  

“North Carolina is a welcoming state where we value public education and the diversity of our people. It’s abhorrent to hear anyone, and especially an elected official, use hateful rhetoric that hurts people and our state’s reputation.”  

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.  

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