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Rep. Kern says gay group took too much from cordial meeting

By Devona Walker Modified: April 10, 2008 at 10:30 am •  Published: April 10, 2008
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A gay rights group released a 40-minute audio recording Wednesday of a meeting between members of the group and state Rep. Sally Kern in hopes of shedding light on the content and context of that meeting.

Kern and Loyce Newton-Edwards, president of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, originally described the meeting as cordial. But two days after meeting with representatives of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Kern said she would not meet with them again because they "have taken my statements and have spun them to make it appear that I am backing off my comments that homosexuality is a sin.”

Wednesday's release of the recording of that meeting is the latest round of a verbal battle between Kern and members of the gay community since segments of a presentation she made to a Republican Party club were made public on YouTube last month.

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In the days after that meeting, Kern said she was alarmed by the number of thank-you e-mails she received from the gay community.

"I told them that I did not think homosexuals should be fired just because they are homosexuals. They took that as meaning I supported sexual orientation preferences, and I do not,” Kern said. PFLAG.org YouTube: Audio of PFLAG, Rep. Sally Kern meeting

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