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The reluctant activist, and a S.C. town that fought back for their gay police chief

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore stands beside her police SUV on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Latta, S.C. Residents of Latta rallied around Moore after the mayor fired her and mentioned he didn't like she was gay, even voting to strip the mayor of his power so Moore could get her job back.
LATTA, S.C. -- When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her "lifestyle" as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled. The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay marriage eight years ago...

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Lesbian police chief to be reinstated after town votes to take away mayor’s power

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Crystal Moore
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents in Latta, S.C., on Tuesday voted to change the town's form of government to "council-strong," a move that would strip the town’s mayor of much of his power and allow the council to rehire its lesbian police chief who was fired by the mayor back in April.

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S.C. town blocks homophobic mayor from replacing fired lesbian police chief

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Mayor Earl Bullard
LATTA, S.C. -- The Latta, S.C. Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of two key measures supporting fired police Crystal Moore, who residents and council members speculate was fired by a homophobic mayor because the chief is gay.

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S.C. town questions anti-gay mayor’s abrupt firing of lesbian police chief

| Friday, April 18, 2014
Crystal Moore
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents and city council members in Latta, S.C., are questioning the abrupt firing of the town’s first female and openly lesbian police chief, after a recording of the mayor defending the firing reveals his anti-gay bias.

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