- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 13, 2017

A North Carolina legislator is facing criticism after he wrote on Facebook Wednesday that President Abraham Lincoln is a similar “tyrant” to Adolf Hitler.

Republican state Rep. Larry Pittman made the comment while responding to backlash on his Facebook page over legislation he co-sponsored to restore the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage. Mr. Pittman said the legislation would not be a “reinstatement” of a gay-marriage ban, but an upholding of the state’s law that the federal court “had no business interfering.”

One commenter pointed out that gay marriage in the U.S. was settled by the Supreme Court ruling in June 2015. Another wrote that Mr. Pittman should “get over it.”

Mr. Pittman’s now-deleted response, according to The News & Observer, read, “And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort [of] tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”

Mr. Pittman, who works as a pastor of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church in Stanly County, did not respond to the newspaper’s repeated requests for comment.

North Carolina Democratic Party chairman Wayne Goodwin called on Republicans to condemn Mr. Pittman’s comments.

“Rep. Pittman and his ultra-conservative allies in the General Assembly have no sense of decency, no sense of shame and no sense of historical fact,” Mr. Goodwin said in a statement, The News & Observer reported. “I call on North Carolina’s Republican leaders to immediately condemn these outrageous and offensive statements.”

House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement Wednesday that Mr. Pittman’s legislation, co-sponsored with GOP Reps. Michael Speciale and Carl Ford, will not move forward.

“There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard,” Mr. Moore said in a statement.

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