Tea party chief in Montana removed after anti-gay Facebook remark
The Big Sky Tea Party Association's board of directors removed the organization's president, Tim Ravndal, after he posted a Facebook comment that seemed to condone violence against homosexuals.
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The board's vote Sunday came after members learned of the online conversation that began with a comment about an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit over rights for same-sex couples.
The conversation between Ravndal and another man appears to reference the 1998 death of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and tied to a fence post. Police said Shepard was attacked because he was gay.
Ravndal apologized for the July 23 post.