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Equality Alabama reacts to 'Duck Dynasty' suspension

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Equality Alabama is speaking out following the suspension of Phil Robertson from the hit A&E series 'Duck Dynasty' for comments he made in regards to homosexuality.

The organization's statement reads:

"When Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty star, said that being gay is a "sin" and called it "not logical" — and also insinuated that homosexuality somehow leads to beastiality and adultery — he set off a media firestorm of criticism from LGBT advocates. Equality Alabama's mission is to advance equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Alabamians through education and advocacy. As such, we were disheartened to hear these comments, as they perpetuate ignorance about gay men and women and give license to bully and ostracize people who are different.

We were excited about the recent announcement that the United States will send three openly gay former Olympic athletes in its official delegation to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. These three brave Americans — Billie Jean King, Caitlin Cahow, and Brian Boitano — are role models for their willingness to stand in the face of oppressors.

Furthermore, Mr. Robertson's comments have distracted from real issues facing LGBT Americans. A&E Networks, which airs the popular reality TV show, quickly announced yesterday that had suspended the star from filming indefinitely — tantamount to a paid leave of absence. Ironically, gay men and women in Alabama can still be fired simply for being gay. Alabamians believe in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. No one should be fired from a job because of who they are. And that's a constructive conversation Equality Alabama would like to have with leaders across this state."

The Robertson family has issued a statement of its own in regards to A&E's decision to suspend the star of the show saying they "cannot...go forward without our patriarch".

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