By Bob Cusack
It’s not every day that a congressman simultaneously upsets gay activists and realtors.
But that’s exactly what Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) did when he recently (and allegedly) cracked a couple jokes that made people mad.
Equality Alabama, an LGBT group, quickly fired off a letter to Rogers, which stated the Detroit/San Francisco crack was “an obvious reference to Detroit’s racial makeup and San Francisco’s vibrant gay culture.”
The letter added, “Comments like these are racist, homophobic and hurtful, and they will not be tolerated.”
The AAR issued a statement distancing itself from Rogers without naming him: “… one of our speakers made some remarks that were inappropriate and offensive to some of our members. … Moving forward we will endeavor to prevent such inappropriate remarks at our events or meetings.”
So it doesn’t look like Rogers will be invited to next year’s conference.
But Equality Alabama did invite Rogers to the 16th annual Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence in Montgomery, Ala., on the steps of the state Capitol.
There’s no word on whether Rogers will attend. His office didn’t respond to our request for comment.