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19-year-old Wis. assembly candidate apologizes for Tweet calling gays ‘fags’

Jacob Dorsey Staff Reports

JANESVILLE, Wis. — A 19-year-old Republican candidate for the Wisconsin state Assembly has apologized for describing gays as “fags” in a Christmas day Twiiter post expressing disapproval over a same-sex marriage ruling.

Jacob Dorsey

Jacob Dorsey

Five months before announcing his candidacy, Jacob Dorsey tweeted “fags need 2 leave my favorite state alone” after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit refused to issue a stay in a federal court ruling last year striking down Utah‘s ban on same-sex marriage.

“I regret using unacceptable and hurtful language on social media last year and sincerely apologize for doing so,” Dorsey said in a statement to the Janesville Gazette.

“I recognized the inappropriateness of the tweet shortly after sending it and promptly deleted it. I am a staunch supporter of traditional marriage, but the language I used is not in keeping with my character, family values and Christian upbringing, and I fully acknowledge that,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey’s Twitter account has since been deactivated, but a screenshot of the tweet began circulating last week by NOManiacs, a group that exposes hate speech by the National Organization for Marriage and others.

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Dorsey’s apology comes nine months after the original post, and only after NOManiacs began forwarding the screen capture to media outlets.

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