Councillor who said that gay people deserved death won’t be punished for it

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Richard Smith is a town councillor in Ferryhill, a small town in County Durham which has a population of around 9,000 people. After the local drag artist Tess Tickle called him out for his anti-LGBT remarks, he had to give up the expectations to become a Mayor. However, he insists that he is not going to resign from his current post. Among the posts shared by Smith are a video from a fundamentalist Christian activist Elizabeth Johnston, known as the ‘Activist Mommy’, who publicly burnt magazines with LGBT-themed articles and said her kids would not go to school at all if it taught them about homosexuality as a normal thing. Another post featured a video that interspersed footage of gay Pride events with anti-gay Bible verses – overlaying footage from an explosion at an alleged ‘gay Pride party’ with a Bible verse that states men who “burn in their lust one toward another” are “worthy of death” Durham County Council confirmed that these are the views he expressed on his personal behalf, not on behalf of the political force he represents, so there is no reason to resign him.

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