Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Come-uppances sure are satisfying

What do you know? Media scrutiny still works.

Marshall County Sheriff Mac Holcomb, who had posted a diatribe calling homosexuality "an abomination" on the sheriff's department's official website, told The Huntsville Times on Monday that he will move the letter to his personal website, which is where it should have been all along.

Since The Birmingham News published a story about the letter a couple of weeks ago, Holcomb's name has been in the media spotlight across the country, and not in a good way. In a written statement, the sheriff said the letter "was never meant to be an expression of official county policy." He also said he moved it to "prevent the county from having to spend money unnecessarily in defending a frivolous lawsuit," even though there's no known evidence that one was threatened.

Holcomb's rant is still an embarrassment to the good-hearted people in his county who want nothing to do with it, but at least it's no longer on an official government site.

Score another small victory for decency and equal protection.


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