Dave Agema, one of three Republican National Committee members from Michigan, stands by a controversial anti-gay social media post Thursday even as some members of his own party called for his resignation, Chad Livengood reports in The Detroit News.
A group of 21 young Republican activists released a letter late Wednesday calling for former state Rep. Dave Agema to resign his post from the RNC after posting a copy of an online article on his Facebook page Wednesday titled "Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals." The post was deleted sometime Wednesday.
Agema defended his action, saying the posted article doesn't necessarily reflect his views but was still worth sharing on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up two days of oral arguments about the constitutionality of gay marriage.
"I copied and pasted a piece written by an author, Dr. Frank Joseph, onto Facebook, and some publications and even a few liberal Republicans have chosen to take the words of someone else and cast them as my own," Agema wrote Thursday in an email.
The social media misstep he evidently regrets is drawing other national attention. Prominent politics commentator David Weigel wrote about it Thursday morning at Slate, saying Agema is "not really on board with this kinder, gentler Republican Party jive."