Watch: NC Lt. Governor Doubles-Down on Transphobic & Homophobic Remarks

Monday October 11, 2021
Originally published on October 9, 2021

North Carolina's Republican Lieutenant Governor, Mark Robinson, has doubled-down on his homophobic and transphobic rhetoric after Democrats call for his resignation, reports Raleigh, North Carolina's NBC-affiliate station WRAL-TV.

Right Wing Watch tweeted a video of Robinson speaking before group at the Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove, N.C. in June in which he made the comments.

"There is no reason anybody, anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality or any of that filth," Robinson said to applause from the congregation. "And yes, I called it filth. And if you don't like it that I called it filth, come see me about it."

In their tweet, RWR wrote: "North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says Christians must take control of public schools because children are being abused by being taught 'filth': There's no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth."

Democratic Sen. Jeff Jackson said Thursday that North Carolina does not need open discrimination from a high-ranking public official and called for Robinson, a Republican, to resign, reports WRAL. He is running for governor in next year's election.

"Lt. Gov. Robinson's comments are hateful and serve to divide North Carolina. That's not the kind of leader this state deserves," Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue said in a statement. "We believe that every person has value and deserves the dignity of equality."

Even the White House weighed in. Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates called Robinson's words "repugnant and offensive."

"The role of a leader is to bring people together and stand up for the dignity and rights of everyone, not to spread hate and undermine their own office," Bates said in a statement Friday evening.

But to WRAL, Robinson doubled-down on his comments.

"We will not be intimidated. We will not back down. We will not change our language," Robinson said. "The language I used, I am not ashamed of it. I will use it in the future because, again, it is time for parents in this state to take a strong stand for their children."

"The lieutenant governor said he wasn't speaking in his official capacity when he was at the church, only as a person holding to his religious beliefs," adds WRAL.

"To me, it is against the tenets of my religion," he said of homosexuality and being trans. "But we do not live in a theocracy, and I do not have the right to tell anyone what they practice in their home."

Teaching about those issues in public schools, however, "is absolutely off limits," he said.

"Those are adult topics that should stay in an adult place. They have no business around children," he said. "Homosexuality is not a culture. Homosexuality is a sexual preference, and sexual preferences, I believe, do not need to be discussed in our schools."