Religious leaders rally against Lieutenant Governor Robinson over his homophobic comments
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Public outcry continues for more than one week after video broadcast by Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson referring to being transgender and homosexuality as “filth”
Robinson was speaking at Asbury Baptist Church to Seagrove in June when he made those comments.
“There’s no reason anyone anywhere in America should tell a kid about transgender, homosexuality, all that filth. And yes I called it dirt. And if you don’t like me calling it dirt, come see me and I’ll explain it to you, ”Robinson said in the video.
He said “transgender and homosexuality” topics have no place in public schools.
Robinson said he was referring to those taught in schools and said he will not back down of his comments.
On Friday, religious leaders and members of the LGBTQ community gathered outside the Capitol to demand Robinson before heading to Robinson’s office.
They want Robinson to apologize for his comments and start having face-to-face meetings with members of the LGBTQ community or resign.
“Mr. Robinson not only put countless lives at risk by fanning the flames of ignorance, hatred and bigotry. He did this from places implying that he was speaking on behalf of the larger Christian community. Let me tell you… he’s not, ”said Reverend Vance Haywood of the Metropolitan Community Church of St. John’s in Raleigh.
The North Carolina Values Coaltion has called Robinson a “breath of fresh air” and believes his comments have been taken out of context.
CBS 17 will update this story as it develops on Friday night.