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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Another Southern County Condemns Gays

ATLANTA -- A second county on the route of the Olympic Games torch to Atlanta has risked losing its moment of glory by condemning the gay lifestyle, a move which could divert the relay.


Spartanburg County council said in a Tuesday resolution that "lifestyles advocated by the gay community should not be endorsed by government policy makers, because they are incompatible with the standard to which this community subscribes.


"Spartanburg County Council pledges not to fund those activities which seek to contravene these existing community standards," the resolution stated.


The statement is almost identical to one adopted by Georgia's Cobb County, an Atlanta suburb which had been slated as a venue for the volleyball competition at this summer's Olympic Games.


Gay groups protested Cobb's Olympic connection when the county passed a resolution condemning the gay lifestyle.


The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, or ACOG, appalled by the prospect of demonstrations marring the games, engaged in quiet negotiations with Cobb commissioners and activists for nearly a year, hoping to forge a compromise. But when both sides stuck to their guns, ACOG decided a tactical retreat was their best option. The volleyball competition was moved to the university town of Athens, about 95 kilometers farther afield from Atlanta.


And when ACOG announced the route of its 24,000-kilometer Olympic torch relay, including a probable passage through Cobb county, gay groups returned to the offensive and ACOG climbed down, announcing the relay would bypass Cobb.


The torch relay across the United States is scheduled to reach Spartanburg on June 25, but protests from gay groups may force ACOG to reconsider again.