Several residents of California’s Newport Beach are requesting the resignation of a councilman who felt compelled to use city letterhead to jot down a series of homophobic screeds.
Scott Peotter allegedly cut-and-pasted the city seal into an email to constituents that’s positively flush with cringe-worthy quotables. Choicier bits include: “The Supreme Court (that would be 5 out of 9 guys in black robes) decided 10 days ago to overturn 5,000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition, by redefining and allowing gay marriage. All of a sudden, a lot of the ‘important stuff’ of the city didn’t seem so important.”
Another email was even gutsier in its contempt: “I do find it interesting that the homosexual movement adopted the rainbow as their symbol, as it was God’s symbol that he wouldn’t destroy the world by flood again… Maybe they are ‘wishful thinking.’”
According to Councilman Keith Curry, Peotter had been warned about using the city seal before, but he’s clearly a bird who cannot be caged.
On the heels of another council member asking the District Attorney to investigate, Peotter wasted no time in saying: “It was never my intent to inflame the community, LGBT community, or the citizens of Newport Beach.”
Jeff Laterno, a Newport Beach resident, told Peotter, “ You should resign at the end of this meeting after apologizing first to the LGBTQ community and second to the citizens of Newport Beach.”
While he’s at it, he should apologize to California residents for invoking a flood in the middle of a four-year drought.