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Oct282010

Calls Grow for Resignation of Anti-Gay School Board Member 

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UPDATE:  (MIDLAND, Ark.) --  Clint McCance, vice president of the Midland School District in Arkansas, said Thursday night he will resign after posting an anti-gay diatribe on his personal Facebook page.

"I'm sorry I've hurt people with my comments," McCance told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night. "I'm sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum."

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(MIDLAND, Ark.) -- Calls have been made for the resignation of an Arkansas school board official who made a series of anti-gay posts on his personal Facebook page.

Last Wednesday, as Facebook users took part in a campaign to support gay, bisexual and transgender teens, Midland School Board member Clint McCance wrote a series of posts expressing the opposite position, as first reported by The Advocate

McCance used the words "queer" and "fag" several times on his page and said he enjoys "the fact that they often give each other aids [sic] and die.”

In response to the call for the “Spirit Day” supporters to wear purple, McCance wrote, "Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way i'm wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide."

In addition to calls for his resignation from The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Facebook groups like one titled “Fire Clint McCance” have attracted more than 50,000 members. A separate petition, supported by GLAAD and Change.org, has been signed by more than 12,000 supporters.

The Midland School District, the Arkansas School Boards Association and the Arkansas Department of Education all have denounced McCance's comments, but have stopped short of asking for his resignation.

When asked about whether McCance should be removed from office, a Department of Education spokeswoman said that under state law, elected school officials can only be recalled by the local community in cases of felony convictions or absenteeism.

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