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PFLAG: Sally Kern denies saying things she's recorded saying

by PageOneQ

UPDATE: PFLAG has announced the release of the recording referenced below. Part 1 starts HERE.

Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays has released an audio recording of a March 27th meeting that took place between Oklahoma House Rep. Sally Kern and a group of Oklahoman PFLAG parents. The recording, made with Kern's consent, contradicts later accounts of the discussion that she gave to the media.

The meeting was arranged in the wake of Rep. Kern's controversial remarks about gays and lesbians at what she thought would be an off-the-record meeting exclusively for her supporters. Afterwards, the organization's national office released statements that indicated the lawmaker believed no one should be fired for being gay or lesbian. Additionally, said PFLAG, Kern agreed to consider another meeting with PFLAG parents in her district. Following the accounts of the meetings, Kern denied two things: stating that she would mull another meeting, and saying that gay and lesbian workers should not be fired.

"Representative Kern launched a personal attack on the credibility of Oklahoma's PFLAG families," said PFLAG Director of Communications Steve Ralls. "Yet the audio recording of her meeting with our Oklahoma City supporters tells, quite clearly, the real story of what she said.

"The evidence in Kern's own words leaves nothing in doubt," Ralls added. "It's another classic Kern moment caught on tape, and an undeniable validation of PFLAG's report from our families' sit-down with Sally."

Ralls explained that the organization preferred to release the entire 40-minute recording as a preemptive move against possible claims that an editing job was unfavorable to the politician.









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Originally published on Tuesday April 8, 2008.


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