FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (BP) — The mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is under fire from homosexual activists for wanting to rid the city’s public restrooms of sex acts committed by homosexuals, often in the daytime at local parks.
The controversy began in early July when Mayor Jim Naugle proposed that the city spend $250,000 on robotic toilets for the beach to curb homosexual sex in public restrooms. Such toilets, which have robotic doors that open after a certain period, are similar to the ones used in San Francisco to combat the same problem.
But homosexual activists and other members of the local government lashed out at Naugle, accusing him of hatred toward homosexuals. They demanded an apology and he promised to give one at a press conference July 26, but it wasn’t what they expected.
“First I want to issue an apology,” Naugle said. “I was not aware of how serious the problem was of the sexual activity that’s taking place in bathrooms and public places and parks in Broward County and particularly the city of Fort Lauderdale. I’ve been educated on that, and I want to apologize to the parents and the children of our community for not being aware of the problem.”
Naugle reported that at least two of the city’s parks are listed on a homosexual website which indicates public locations where homosexual men can go for anonymous encounters.
“This to me is totally unacceptable,” he said. “I don’t think that in the name of being inclusive or tolerant any of us in the community should tolerate this.”
Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said “This mayor must be treated as the bigot he is and that is he is shunned everywhere he goes and not allowed at any gathering where decent people are.”
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