Pomeroy, Ohio, Mayor Mary McAngus’ prejudice is surprising. Even those who completely despise the lifestyle of gays and lesbians are careful not to direct their hate at the individuals themselves. Nevertheless, McAngus was not deterred by that nicety.
After serving 14 months in office, McAngus resigned. Her reaction to a gay member of her town’s police force caused that. Her behavior is appalling to say the least. From the Columbus Dispatch:
McAngus has not publicly commented since Police Chief Mark E. Proffitt came forward with his concerns about how [Police Officer Kyle] Calendine was being treated. She could not immediately be reached for comment today.
She was accused of calling Calendine a queer and using other slurs. Others said she didn’t want Calendine’s partner stopping by the police department, though family members of other officers routinely drop by with lunch or before or after a shift.
This started when Calendine was hired, McAngus could not tolerate it. Proffitt recounted how McAngus confronted him over Calendine’s hiring.
[Proffitt] warned the council that the mayor’s behavior could get the village of 2,000 residents sued. Proffitt wrote that McAngus called him into her office about two weeks after Calendine was hired. She said she heard “that Kyle was a queer” and asked what the chief was going to do about it. Nothing, he replied, because that would be discrimination.
“She stated ‘I don’t like a Queer working for the Village, I might be old-fashioned, but I don’t like it.’” Proffitt wrote in the statement.
The mayor persisted in making crude comments about the officer and his partner to police department employees, Proffitt said.
Even after her resignation, McAngus never apologized for her behavior to Calendine. If she thinks that the municipality didn’t have any other gays working for it, she is living in a closed world. Undoubtedly, she encounters gays everyday at the grocery store, constituent meetings or government offices. Yet in McAngus’ mind, they are second-class citizens, undeserving of working for the government in which they pay taxes and vote to elect.
Resignation is to be expected for this behavior. Yet if that is all she is punished, then she is getting off lightly.