The First Amendment lets people say all kinds of wacky things, like Magic Mike XXL was a really great film.
Total lie, but who cares? First Amendment!
But this story out of Stockton, CA seems to cross all sorts of lines.
Lt. Toby Will, a veteran of 20 plus years in the department, wrote a letter-to-the-editor that was published by the Stockton Record in response to the landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
Except he didn’t sign it “Toby Will.”
Underneath his name was the very official looking title of “Lieutenant, Stockton Police Department, Modesto.”
And the substance of the letter would rightfully make any LGBT resident a bit fearful.
“When the highest office in the land publicly declares the legitimizing of homosexuality to be a great victory for the nation, you can be sure God is giving the nation over to its own destruction,” he wrote, referring to being gay as, “vile and sinful passions.”
Will was placed under administrative leave as the police department investigates and attempts to restore ties with the local LGBT community.
“I was very shocked,” said Renee Hall, president of the board for Pride Center. “I feel like if something like that gets out in the public from a pretty prominent person, then it gives folks the ability to act on those things.”
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