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The chairman of the Spartanburg County Council refused to sign a proclamation to designate June 4 as LGBT Day in the South Carolina county.
WSPA-TV reports, "Council Chairman Jeff Horton said he was asked by the group Upstate Pride SC to make June 4 LGBT Day in the county, and Horton said 'No, thanks.'"
The mayor of the city of Spartanburg signed a proclamation for Upstate Pride SC, and the group sought the same from the county for its upcoming march and festival in Barnet Park. PK Weiss, a straight mother of four and former president of the group, said that Horton responded to her request with a curt e-mail that simply said "no," without any salutation or closing.
According to WSPA-TV, Horton did not even consult other members of the council because he believed they would also want to reject the request.
"Horton said the council is too busy with ironing out the county's budget and has no time for proclamations such as this," reports the station. "The council routinely issues proclamations which are really nothing more than an acknowledgement of a person, group or issue."