Suburban Atlanta politician says sorry for anti-gay rants

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Contrite now that he's been caught, a metro Atlanta city council member is saying sorry for anti-gay and racist remarks that he made on Facebook.

Douglasville City Council member Dennis McLain, running for a third term, also removed the offensive posts from Facebook. The deletions, along with his apologies, came Thursday, two days after the Douglas County Sentinel published a sampling of McLain's offensive remarks.

On Tuesday, he stood by comments referring to gay Scouts as "perverts" and calling President Obama a "queer." A day later, he was humble and soft-spoken in interviews with WSB and the Sentinel.

To WSB, which you can watch in the video above:

"I am not here to defend it. I am here to apologize. That's all I can do."

To the Sentinel:

"I'm sorry," McLain said Thursday. "I'm wrong. I know it. I probably offended a lot of people. I've torn down a lot of good will that I created and I don't think I can defend anything. Maybe it's more than a lesson well learned. I'm truly sorry. I know I've hurt a lot of people that I wouldn't have hurt for anything in the world and I hope that they will still be my friend. Just know that you can tear down a lot in five minutes that you took 70 years to build."

Now, if only some of Georgia's gay hater elected officials would take McLain's lead and say sorry for their anti-gay rhetoric. Too much to ask? Probably so.


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