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2 comments | Friday, December 18, 2009

North Carolina Commissioner and homobigot Bill Leakes is doing nothing to change the image of the south as completely ass backwards, racist, and homophobic after a recent comment to colleague Vilma Leake during a debate on whether to provide domestic partner benefits to employees in Mecklenburg County.

Under the new policy, a Mecklenburg County employee who is in a same-sex relationship where both partners live together and share financial responsibilities, will now be eligible to receive county benefits for their partner as long as one of them is a county employee. The measure passed on Tuesday night with a vote of 6-3.

From WSBTV.com

During the public meeting, a conversation between the two was picked up by the microphones as they sat in their chairs.

It all started after Leake made an impassioned speech about her son dying of AIDS.

"A son that I birthed and died of AIDS and I did not know that... in 2010 I would be sitting here... to defend his lifestyle," Leake said.

After that revelation, tempers flared when James leaned over and whispered something to Leake about her late son and it was caught on the microphone.

Here is James' comment and Leake's response.

James: "Your son was a homo, really?"

Leake: "I'm going to hit you, don't talk about my son that way."

There is an actual poll on WSBTV's website asking viewers whether or not Leakes should be reprimanded for his comments.

According to blogger Pam Spaulding who is also a North Carolina resident, Leakes has a long history of homophobic outbursts.

"Naturally, people have called for James, a completely, pathologically homo-obsessed man who focuses on sex acts using his County email to apologize. I laughed at that, knowing if he said anything at all, he was going to send out an e-blast statement. And lo, and behold, FoxNewsCharlotte received a missive that is pure vile James to the core, comparing homosexuality to alcoholism and slamming his colleague on a personal level, including charging that Leake was "threatening" him in her above reply:

"Vilma is a religious hypocrite."

"She was married to a Bishop in the AME Zion church. This church has historically opposed homosexuality."

"In justifying her position last night in public she used her son's 'lifestyle' and his death from HIV-AIDS to justify voting for benefits to allow individuals to use tax dollars to engage in the same behavior that resulted in her son's death."

"It is akin to someone whose son is an alcoholic and died from the disease, using his death from drinking as justification to have the taxpayers pay for more booze."

"Her position was that her 'faith' demanded that she do this to support her son and his 'lifestyle' which she acknowledges killed him."

"In doing so, it is legitimate to ask her what 'lifestyle' and in particular whether her son was a homosexual. Her response was to threaten me with physical violence (typical for her). Of course, this isn't the first time she has threatened elected officials. On the School Board she had a long and checkered history threatening to harm those she disagrees with."

"Well, if she didn't want to make her 'son' an issue - why did she use him, his lifestyle and his tragic self-inflicted death from AIDS as the reason for her vote?"

This man is disgusting. It's past time that we start ousting elected officials who refuse to serve all people and not just a select few they deem worthy.

Watch a video report of the incident via WSBTV below:


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Yeah, this man is definitely on my shxt list. I'm a NC native, and I honestly don't follow politics as much as I should, but after reading this article, it has really shown me the ignorance that exist in my local gov't. Leave it to him to bring up something about her son's past and the way that she raised him. Not to mention his IGNORANT ASS statement stating that he has the right to defend himself since Vilma wants to "use her sick and deadly son as a justification." What kind of mess is that? I was going to pull the race card, but that's below me, and people like him aren't worth the trouble. Thanks for posting this.

December 18, 2009 10:45 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

this man is a mess. I can't believe that he would say something like that, and then not see the issue with it. It's just ridiculous. I wouldn't be surprised if he has some issues with himself and his sexuality going on.

December 18, 2009 3:42 PM


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