I was not surprised when I found out that Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter was in hot water for bashing gays. This is what I have come to expect from him.
Over a year ago, when the OC GOP met to decide on whether to endorse Republican Hugh Nguyen, who at the time was running for OC Clerk-Recorder, Peotter stood up and said that it is optional for the OC Clerk-Recorder’s office to perform marriage ceremonies. Peotter said the Clerk-Recorder can either perform all marriages (both same-sex and opposite-sex) or perform no marriages, as we reported.
That was bad enough but Peotter’s latest misfire is even nuttier. This time Peotter angrily responded to the US Supreme Court’s decision to allow gays to marry, in an email newsletter, that included the logo of the City of Newport Beach. Peotter wrote that “I do find it interesting that the homosexual movement adopted the rainbow as their symbol, as it was God’s symbol that he wouldn’t destroy the world by flood again,” he wrote in the email, which was widely circulated Monday. “And maybe they are wishful thinking.”
Kevin S. O’Grady, the Executive Director of the LGBT Center OC, blasted Peotter in the Voice of OC, stating that “Peotter implicitly called for the destruction of the LGBT community: That is vile hate speech and he should be condemned by every decent person in the county.”
Newport Beach Mayor Ed Selich blasted Peotter as well. He said that “In my opinion, personally and as mayor, council member Peotter’s comments on the ‘Supremes’ are inappropriate … and are not reflective of city policy. Council member Peotter is entitled to his opinions but he should choose a platform where his personal opinions cannot be confused with or misconstrued to be city policy,” according to the Daily Pilot.
Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry said Peotter has used the city seal before for political messages. Curry said early Wednesday that he planned to push the council for a review of the city’s rules and tighten any loopholes in acceptable uses of the city’s seal, according to the O.C. Register. In an email statement, Curry added: “Mr. Peotter has become yet again, an embarrassment to the city and our community.”
The City of Newport Beach is also distancing itself from Peotter and the shitstorm he whipped up, issuing a statement that says, “The communication sent by the council member was intended to reflect his personal thoughts related to the decision by the Supreme Court and not intended to reflect the position of the city of Newport Beach. The city welcomes and values its citizens, visitors and employees, irrespective of sexual orientation or marital status, and embraces Newport Beach’s place in a diverse and vibrant Southern California,” according to the OC Weekly.
This isn’t the first time that that Peotter has made his stance on homosexuality public. He once belonged to the Irvine Values Coalition, which in the late 1980s launched an effort to remove gays and lesbians from protections under Irvine’s human rights ordinance. The coalition also sought to prohibit Irvine’s council from defining “sexual orientation as a fundamental human right,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Sadly most of the OC GOP is applauding Peotter. This is who they are. And this explains why so many voters have quit the GOP and are now Decline to State voters. It is hard to stomach the socialism of the California Democrats but the religious fanatics of the Republican Party are just as bad if not worse.