A Tennessee District Attorney Is Called To Resign Because Of His Homophobic Attitude To LGBT Domestic Violence Cases
Over 330 lawyers signed a letter urging the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility to issue an emergency suspension of Coffee Count District Attorney Craig Northcott after his words that he doesn't recognize LGBT people's marriage and that is why he is not going to persecute the domestic violence in the cases of homosexual couples.
The District Attorney now is under Supreme Court investigation after a video appeared where Northcott makes the homophobic comments at a conference.
“The social engineers on the Supreme Court decided that we now have homosexual marriage,” he said in the video. “I disagree with it, [so] what do I do with domestic assaults?
“On the one hand, I don’t prosecute them because I don’t recognize it as marriage. On the other hand, if I don’t prosecute him, then the sinner, the immoral guy, gets less punishment. What do you do?"
“I said there’s no marriage to protect, so I don’t prosecute as domestic [violence], and that is one of many decisions like that that you face.”
Northcott also boasted of the ‘prosecutorial discretion’ in his role as DA, saying: “We can choose to prosecute anything, or we can choose not to prosecute anything up to and including murder. It’s our choice. … To deal with that, you elect a good Christian DA.”
When asked how he would advise a Christian county clerk working in a marriage license office after the legislation of gay marriage, Northcott replied:
“It just comes down to, are you gonna do what man says or what God says. My advice to the clerk would be, ‘don’t succumb.'”