A California city councilman faced the wrath of his liberal colleagues over an email they say crossed the line.
A fellow councilman called for the censure of Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter, for Peotter’s email expressing disapproval of the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. The message to his constituents featured a photo of the city seal in the background.
Councilman Keith Curry used the photo as basis to discipline Peotter, calling for his censure and referral to the District Attorney for possible prosecution, according to The Los Angeles Times, which reported:
Curry, who drafted the original censure resolution, said he believes that Peotter’s use of the city seal on an email containing personal beliefs not shared by City Hall in general confused the public and brought embarrassment to the city.
The resolution authored by Curry suggested that Peotter’s comments, made “under color of authority,” could be construed as creating a hostile workplace at City Hall for members of the LGBT community.
Peotter’s email made reference to the rainbow colors adopted by the gay community.
“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,” Peotter’s email said.
“I know, the Supreme Court (that would be 5 out of 9 guys in black robes) decided … to overturn 5,000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition by redefining and allowing gay marriage.”
After several hours of discussion, an alternative to censure was presented. The Los Angeles Times reported:
However, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon presented a softened version of the original resolution that did not censure Peotter but disassociated City Hall and the council from his comments.
The council voted 4 to 3 to approve Dixon’s resolution. Councilmen Kevin Muldoon, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield and Peotter voted against the resolution.
“We need to stop acrimony over something that is not a city issue,” Dixon said, according to the Times. “It’s time to move on and it’s time to do so tonight.”
But Peotter maintains the the attempt to censure him had nothing to do with the seal — it was his pro-traditional marriage opinions that had caused the uproar.
“The issue is my content,” Peotter said, adding that the political machination “smacks of political correctness.”
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