Clint McCance apologizes for 'ignorant' anti-gay rant; to resign

Fri. October 29, 2010 4:23 PM by

Midland, Arkansas - Clint McCance announced Thursday that he would resign from the Midland School District board after coming under severe criticism for posting anti-gay comments on his Facebook profile.

Appearing on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, McCance said he was sorry.

"I'm sorry I've hurt people with my comments," the vice-president of the Midland School District in Arkansas said. "I'm sorry I made those ignorant comment and hurt people on a broad spectrum."

In responding to Spirit Day, a day that encourages people to wear purple to remember gay teens bullied to death, McCance cheered the suicides, saying he "enjoys the fact that [gay people] they often give each other aids and die," and declared that he would disown his children if they were gay.

Speaking with Anderson Cooper, he disowned the comments.
"I would never support suicide for any kids," he said. "I don't support bullying of any kids."

McCance said he had sent his wife and two daughters out of state after he and his family had received death threats.

A protest rally to demand McCance's resignation took place Thursday morning, meeting with resistance from anti-gay counter protesters. Protesters held out signs that read "All Kids Matter" and 'RESIGN," while counter protesters wore shirts that read "Pro-Bible."

A Facebook group calling for McCance's ouster swelled to over 60,000 members in just a matter of days.

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