Gantt’s views on workplace equality were misconstrued

I read a puzzling comment from Tim Peck on the Aug. 21 online article, "Commissioners Approve Personnel Ordinance, Reject LGBT Protections (see the article and comment at I think it’s important that people understand Chairman David Gantt’s position at Tuesday’s Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting.

My understanding is that the motion put before the commissioners was based on whether anyone had changed their mind about the vote on Aug. 7. As is appropriate, Gantt determined from the other commissioners that the vote would remain the same.

In the same meeting, Gantt reaffirmed his support for equality in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

— Beth Jezek

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