Republican George Langdon IV, an Albany County legislator, resigned from office on Monday, April 5, after being caught on video saying gay people should be sent to an island where they would die off.
BREAKING: Albany County legislator George Langdon IV resigned Monday afternoon, less than a week after a video surf… https://t.co/QwKwoI5d6e— Times Union (@Times Union)1617649105.0
In the video, Langdon said everything "God does is sustainable" but homosexual relationships aren't "perpetual."
"Give them an island, they'll be gone after 40 years, OK? Because they can't—God created us to be this way."
#HappeningNow a rally to call for Albany County legislator George Langdon to resign. Members of the community, and… https://t.co/OwHRuRhN6T— Spencer Tracy (@Spencer Tracy)1617397880.0
I was proud to join chairman @JoyceForAlbany , my colleagues on the legislature and my councilman @RichardConti2 an… https://t.co/MgiFL9V1mL— Matthew Peter for Albany (@Matthew Peter for Albany)1617405497.0
Langdon resigned following a protest and the Albany County legislature's plans to censure him at an upcoming session—the first time the body would have censured one of its members.
There is absolutely no excuse for language or sentiments like that which were expressed by George Langdon regarding… https://t.co/TLI5JU2L8K— Michelle Hinchey (@Michelle Hinchey)1617650260.0
Thank you to all from our community for speaking out and loudly that George Langdon's ignorance, bigotry and hate w… https://t.co/grXItbVQwN— Dustin Reidy (@Dustin Reidy)1617649085.0
George Langdon IV represents a county a few hours north of NYC. Bigotry and homophobia don’t have neat geographic c… https://t.co/TXVoKzyoQ9— natalie papillion (@natalie papillion)1617542164.0
Following his resignation, Langdon issued a statement saying:
"I again express my sincerest apologies to all those who were hurt by my rash and thoughtless statements."
"It was never my intention to single-out or target anyone. I truly believe every individual should have the right to life and liberty in their pursuit of happiness."
@enckj @timesunion Bye bye, George Langdon IV! “In a statement, Langdon thanked friends for supporting him and ap… https://t.co/3Hb4LzTDvz— Dr. Sandra Steingraber (@Dr. Sandra Steingraber)1617653314.0
My below statement on the recently announced resignation of Albany County Legislator George Langdon: https://t.co/SzivR3Zxjr— Dan McCoy-CountyExec (@Dan McCoy-CountyExec)1617653231.0
.@JoyceForAlbany spoke with us earlier this afternoon following the resignation of Legislator George Langdon. Langd… https://t.co/AehFbK9I58— Louis Finley (@Louis Finley)1617659673.0
Langdon will be replaced in the Albany legislature by Democrat Rick Touchette.
"It was never my intention to single-out or target anyone," George Langdon IV said in his apology. https://t.co/U1yGtWa2o6— The Advocate (@The Advocate)1617734169.0
🤯 It is 2021. How do we ask to have this old coot removed??? The guy: George Langdon IV, a member of the Albany C… https://t.co/gkRdGAS8aQ— SureReality 🕳🏃🏾♂️🚶🏻🏃🏼♀️🚶🏾♀️🏃🏽🏃🏾♂️ (@SureReality 🕳🏃🏾♂️🚶🏻🏃🏼♀️🚶🏾♀️🏃🏽🏃🏾♂️)1617563794.0
first photo of gay island just dropped https://t.co/iIWh3duvsI https://t.co/qdUrSLriAN— alexis (@alexis)1617746867.0
LGBTQ+ communities on Twitter couldn't help but joke at Langdon's expense.
but when i suggested this straight people got mad that i excluded them 🙄 https://t.co/a3Q9npGjUK— kaela!! (@kaela!!)1617734670.0
okay so where’s the island ?? i’m packing my bags now https://t.co/RalwLlUNbK— mads (@mads)1617720563.0
We should ship these republicans off to an island instead😍😍 https://t.co/u7b4UTrPPR— ᗢ🍀 NINE YEARS W THE EXOS II 389 (@ᗢ🍀 NINE YEARS W THE EXOS II 389)1617707980.0
It seems there are still occasionally consequences for Republican politicians who get caught making bigoted statements.