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Thursday, March 18, 2004
Rhea County's Grownups Back in Charge
Rhea County, Tennessee is backing off the attempt to ban gays in the county after a flurry of negative responses (we did it!) and being informed by county attorney Gary Fritts that the measure would be unconstitutional. Fritts tries to cover up for his comrades:

"They wanted to send a message to our (state) representative and senator that Rhea County supports the ban on same-sex marriage," he said. "Same-sex marriage is what it was all about. It was to stop people from coming here and getting married and living in Rhea County."

Not that the issue of banning homosexuals didn't arise.

"I'm not saying it wasn't discussed," Fritts said. "Sometimes you had five or six people talking."

Why the hell would anyone want to move to Rhea County after this debacle?

The real clincher comes, however, when the CNN reporter gets a soundbite from a supporter of the proposed ban:

But 12-year-old Caitlin Kinney, attending the meeting with her mother, said she supported the commissioners' initial vote.

"I think they should go further, try to see if they can ban them," she said. "It's not a Christian thing."

Rhea County: Displaying the Legal Acumen of a Twelve Year Old!

Somehow I don't think that'll appear in the Chamber of Commerce booster brochures.

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