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Miss. newscaster apologizes for saying gays are in the news too much

Saturday, March 29, 2014
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BILOXI, Miss. — A longtime Mississippi newscaster came under fire this week for a Facebook post complaining about the amount of news coverage dedicated to the LGBT rights recently, and for suggesting that the LGBT community take a “gaycation.”

Dave Elliott

Dave Elliott

WLOX-TV anchor Dave Elliott wrote on Facebook that while he supported the fight for LGBT equality “in every way,” it seemed “like they’ve been in the news too much lately,” reported media blogger Jim Romenesko.

“Maybe they should take a short break,” wrote Elliott. “Go on gaycation … just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!”

WLOX-TV did not issued a formal statement regarding Elliott’s remarks, but did comment on its own Facebook page that station management was not happy to receive any “free publicity” on account of Elliott’s remarks.

Elliott later posted this apology: “I recently made an insensitive and unprofessional Facebook post regarding the LGBT community. I did not choose my words wisely and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by it. I’ve advocated for justice and equality my entire life. I hope this heartfelt apology is accepted in the spirit in which it is being made.”

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