New Jersey mayor: LGBTQ rights movement is an 'affront to almighty God'

New Jersey mayor: LGBTQ rights movement is an 'affront to almighty God'
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A New Jersey mayor reportedly called the LGBTQ rights movement an “affront to almighty God.”

At a Tuesday town hall meeting, Barnegat Township Mayor Alfonso Cirulli said a recently passed state law that requires LGBTQ-inclusive material to be taught in public schools “crossed over the line into absurdity” and lawmakers “have no right to promote the LGBT agenda,” according to CNN.

“There is no hate or bigotry intended here,” Cirulli said, adding that his comments did not reflect the views of the Barnegat Township Committee, the southern shore town’s legislative body, CNN reported.

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In a Wednesday letter posted on the Barnegat Township Schools website, Superintendent Brian Latwis said the district’s vision is to “meet the needs of each student,” and it plans to do “everything we can to navigate challenges and difficult situations with sensitivity to all members of this Barnegat family.”

“Every student is an individual,” the letter reads. “Our vision is to meet the needs of each student.”

New Jersey in January became the second state in the U.S., after California, to mandate LGBTQ-inclusive material in the public school curriculum.