LAKELAND, TN (WMC) - Lakeland Commissioner Clark Plunk ranted on Facebook following a gay Christian Brothers High School student's push to have a same-sex date to the homecoming dance.
According to Plunk's posts, his grandson attended the high school and is an alumnus.
Commissioner Plunk also posted that "gays are mean, cruel spiteful people with an ax to grind."
On social media, Plunk openly expressed his opposition to senior Lance Sanderson's desire to bring a male date to the CBHS homecoming.
Plunk said his comments were not hate, but him standing up for his faith and the Christian Brothers High School.
"You know I said what I said. I stand by what I said and I was standing up for my faith and I still stand up for my faith. What I said, it was personal. It was on Facebook. It was supposed to be just a group of us talking about the situation at Christian Brothers."
Will Batts, the Executive Director of Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, said the comments are directed at the entire LGBT community.
"So it's one thing to attack an 18-year-old high school student. That's a problem in and of itself. But the comments themselves are talking about all of us. All of us in the LGBT community."
Batts said the statements are derogatory and dangerous to make as a public figure.
"He has people in his community that are LGBT. People that he serves, pay his salary, and he's making these hurtful, just dangerous comments," Batts said. "Because we know there are plenty of studies that show that this type of speech is what causes harm to young people."
Sanderson took to his own Facebook page late Wednesday night to address negative comments aimed at him:
Christian Brothers has not replied to WMC Action News 5's request for a comment.