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clock Aug 30, 2007 8:30 am US/Eastern

NAACP Call Mayor's Remarks Against Gay Hateful

(CBS4) FT. LAUDERDALE Add the NAACP to the list of groups who have come out against Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle for his anti-gay remarks.

Local leaders with the civil rights organization said Wednesday the mayor�s comments against the city�s gay community are a form of hate and discrimination.

Tuesday, Naugle was removed from the Broward Tourism Development Council for his controversial remarks against the gay community which began over discussions of sex in public bathrooms across South Florida.

In recent weeks, the mayor also took a stand against housing the gay Stonewall Library in a city building because he said it contained pornography, and questioned if the city and county should continue their marketing to gays and lesbians because of the increasing rate of HIV infections in South Florida.

Broward County tourism officials estimate gay visitors account for about a billion dollars a year in tourist revenue.

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