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Tenn. County Wants to Charge Homosexuals


— March 17, 2004

The county that was the site of the Scopes “Monkey Trial” over the teaching of evolution is asking lawmakers to amend state law so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

The Rhea County commissioners approved the request 8-0 Tuesday.

Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the measure, also asked the county attorney to find a way to enact an ordinance banning homosexuals from living in the county.

“We need to keep them out of here,” Fugate said.

Unbefuckinglievable. Details here from the AP via ABCNews.com.

UPDATE: (3/18): The commissioners have “beat a hasty retreat”:

Rhea County commissioners took about three minutes to retreat from a request to amend state law so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature. The Tuesday measure passed 8-0.

County attorney Gary Fritts said the initial vote triggered a “wildfire” of reaction. “I’ve never seen nothing like this,” he said Thursday.

“Never seen nothing,” indeed. Details here from the AP via the San Francisco Chronicle.


The county that was the site of the Scopes “Monkey Trial” over the teaching of evolution is asking lawmakers to amend state law so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

The Rhea County commissioners approved the request 8-0 Tuesday.

Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the measure, also asked the county attorney to find a way to enact an ordinance banning homosexuals from living in the county.

“We need to keep them out of here,” Fugate said.

Unbefuckinglievable. Details here from the AP via ABCNews.com.

UPDATE: (3/18): The commissioners have “beat a hasty retreat”:

Rhea County commissioners took about three minutes to retreat from a request to amend state law so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature. The Tuesday measure passed 8-0.

County attorney Gary Fritts said the initial vote triggered a “wildfire” of reaction. “I’ve never seen nothing like this,” he said Thursday.

“Never seen nothing,” indeed. Details here from the AP via the San Francisco Chronicle.

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