Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson of North Carolina rejected his call for resignation Friday after a video tape calling members of the LGBTQ community “dirty” was exposed.
Robinson said he stood by his homophobic comments and claimed to Rally NBC’s affiliate WRL that the right-wing speech was being “haunted”.
“We are not afraid. We will not back down. We will not change our language, ”he said. “I am not ashamed of the language I have used. I will use it in the future because, again, it is time for parents in this state to take a firm stand for their children. ”
Robinson made his aggressive remarks while speaking at the Asbury Baptist Church in the town of Sigrov in June.
“I say it now, and I say it, and I don’t care who likes it: these things have no place in school. Somewhere in America, there is no reason to talk about homosexuality.
Robinson added: “And yes, I called it dirty. And if you don’t like it that I call it dirty, come see me and I’ll explain it to you.”
Democratic state Sen. Jeff Jackson after the video was released on Wednesday Robinson called for his resignationSuch “open discrimination” is called “completely unacceptable.”
Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also issued a statement calling the remarks “disgusting.”
“North Carolina is a welcoming state where we value public education and the diversity of our people. It is disgusting to hear someone and especially an elected official hurt the reputation of the people and our state,” said spokesman Jordan Monagan.
Robinson told WRL on Friday that the governor’s opinion “made no difference.”
“I’m tired of the people on the right becoming vampires for our speeches,” he said, claiming that “the people on the left are being burned, beaten, robbed, looted – occupying the whole city – and getting a pass.”
Robinson noted that he was not speaking to the church about his role as a government official. But he said “homosexuality and heterosexuality” are “against the principles of my religion” and have no place in public schools.
The video was posted on Twitter by Right Wing Watch, part of the progressive advocacy group People for the American Way.
Robinson’s comments are “literally dangerous” for members of the LGBTQ community, Allison Scott, director of the Campaign for Southern Equality’s impact and innovation, told WRL.
“Whether he means it or not, his words really paint a picture that we should not have as a team. There is a real impact of words and the real impact is loss and injury in people’s lives, ”Scott warned.
A spokesman for Robinson initially tried to soft-paddle his remarks, saying they only “mentioned education.”
“Issues related to transgenderism and homosexuality should be discussed at home, not in public education,” spokesman John Wesley said in an email to WRAL. “We must focus on reading, writing and math in North Carolina.”
Waugh writes that Robinson “recognizes the constitutional rights of every person or can express them in any way they like.”