You may remember a few weeks ago when the mayor of Latta, South Carolina fired the town’s police chief because she’s a lesbian and he’s a bigot. Well the people of that town just stripped the mayor of much of his power and the chief is going to get her job back.
The residents of Latta, South Carolina, on Tuesday came through for their police chief, Crystal Moore, who was fired two months ago for reasons that many residents say had to do with her being a lesbian.
The town overwhelmingly voted to reinstate Moore to her job and to strip the mayor, Earl Bullard, of some of his powers. As first reported by The Morning News in South Carolina, Latta residents passed a referendum changing the governing structure of the town from “mayor-strong” to “council-strong,” which gives the town council the ability to rehire Moore.
The ballots still must be certified on Friday, but the council plans to make its first order of business rehiring Moore.
“I’m ecstatic,” Moore told the newspaper. “Words can’t describe.”
Wil Brown, a friend of Moore’s who launched a campaign to help her get her job back, told The Huffington Post that the council is likely to meet Friday or Monday to formally vote to put Moore back on the beat.
The mayor claimed he had fired her for legitimate reasons, but a city council member recorded him on a phone call raging about the evils of gay people and it was quite obvious that wasn’t why he fired her. Good for Latta.