Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll Apologizes for Harmful Lesbian Remarks
Jennifer Carroll, the most powerful black woman in Florida politics, finally gave in and issued a written apology last night after a week of mounting pressure from LGBT activists regarding a heterosexist comment she made.
"It is wrong and inexcusable to make a comment that hurts people, and that was not my intention,’’ Carroll wrote in a letter. "As a Christian, my faith guides me to love and respect all people. The false charges that have been lodged against me are no excuse for what I have said that may have been hurtful to members of your organization and to other Floridians.
"Please know that I am committed to treating every person with the utmost courtesy, respect and dignity and I hope you will accept my heartfelt apology,’’ she continued.
The controversy started with an accusation. A staffer working under Carroll opened her boss’ door and found the politician in a compromising position with her travel aide, who was allegedly in between Carroll’s legs.
When the lieutenant governor addressed the situation on television on July 14 she defended herself voicing the now-infamous quote: "Black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that," Carroll told a Tampa station.
The apology comes in big part thanks to an effort spearheaded by Equality Florida, a local LGBT rights organization. Equality Florida’s Executive Director Nadine Smith wrote a letter voicing how harmful Carroll’s words had been to the lesbian community.