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Board member Roger Nummerdor said Tim Ravndal also has been kicked out of the Montana organization.

The board voted Sunday after members learned of the online conversation that began with a comment about an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit over rights for same-sex couples.

The conversation between Mr. Ravndal and another man appears to reference the 1998 death of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and tied to a fence post. Police said Shepard was attacked because he was gay.

Mr. Ravndal apologized for the July 23 post.

WHITE HOUSE

King quote holds true on office rug

No need for a rewrite - or a reweave - of the new rug in the Oval Office.

President Obama’s spokesman said Tuesday that the White House was correct to attribute a famous quotation in the rug’s pattern to Martin Luther King Jr., even though the civil rights leader acknowledged being inspired by a 19th-century abolitionist, Thomas Parker.

“It was not us that thought he said it; it was many people that believed - rightly so - that he said it,” press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

The wheat, cream and blue rug, which debuted in the Oval Office last week, features the presidential seal in the center and quotations from famous Americans around the border.

Describing the rug, a White House statement credited King for these words: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

It’s one of Mr. Obama’s favorite King sayings, and no one disputes that King said it exactly that way in 1967.

But Parker’s adherents note the Transcendentalist and Unitarian minister wrote this in his 1853 treatise “Of Justice and the Conscience”: “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one. … And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.”

Mr. Gibbs noted that neither man’s name is on the rug. None of the quotations has names attached.

OHIO

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