"I started getting e-mails from the homosexual community thanking me for backing off on my stances. So evidently, they misunderstood me.” But organization members said they never said Kern supported sexual orientation protections. In statements released after the meeting, the group reiterated that Kern made it clear she was not apologizing for or recanting her statement about gays. "We were baffled by her remarks. At the meeting she was cordial, she was not confrontational and she seemed to approach the meeting with an open mind,” Newton-Edwards said. The recording released Wednesday indicates Kern and group representatives refused to back away from their positions, but discussed the issues calmly. They prayed together at the start of the meeting and at its conclusion. In the recording, Kern is heard saying firing people from their jobs because they are gay is wrong, but she also said she did not support passing anti-discrimination laws based on people's sexual orientation. Wednesday, Kern said the organization did not intentionally misrepresent her statements, but they implied she supported sexual orientation protections.
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