Arkansas School Board Member Resigns Over Anti-Gay Facebook Comments

CNN InterviewAn Arkansas school board member has resigned on air in an interview with CNN because of anti-gay comments he made on Facebook.

In his original posting, Arkansas school board member Clint McCance referred to “fags” and “queers”, said he was happy when gay peopled died of AIDS, and that he would only wear purple if all gay people committed suicide.

“Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves,” he said, in reference to the campaign to honor the gay teens who took their lives by wearing purple on October 20. “The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the face that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.”

However, when CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed McCance he was contrite, apologising for both the language and the sentiment. “I made some very ignorant comments and did not realize just how ignorant they were,” he told Cooper. He said that he did not support suicide for any children, nor bullying of any children and did “not wish death on anyone”. He said that his change of heart was not just a result of being caught but because he’d had time to reflect on what he’d said and knew he’d “gone too far”.

When Cooper asked if he would resign, McCance said he would because he didn’t want the school to suffer from bad publicity as a result of ignorant things he had said. He added that in a year, or five or ten years’ time, he would run again if people wanted him to. McCance’s remarks were condemned by the Arkansas education commissioner but as an elected official, he could not be fired.

You can watch the full interview on CNN.