A former sheriff’s Deputy in Washington state who made comments about the civil unions of same-day marriage, said they are not legal and that he does not want to be involved with them.
But the comments sparked outrage from some of his colleagues, who accused him of “lacking the moral compass to make his own personal, honest and lawful decisions.”
“It is absolutely despicable,” said David Bowers, who represented Michael R. Anderson, the former sheriff of Clallam County, Wash., and the former deputy.
“He was a bad guy.”
The comments, which were made during a deposition, drew an angry response from fellow deputies, who said he was “insensitive” and “lacks the judgment to make the decision that he made.”
Anderson was fired last year.
The county said in a statement that it is “extremely disappointed” with Anderson’s comments.
“Mr. Anderson’s actions are reprehensible, disrespectful and have no place in our community,” the statement read.
Anderson has denied the allegations.
In his statement, Anderson said he had been “caught off guard” by the allegations and said he felt no “hurt” in responding to them.
“I have never engaged in any of these behaviors, I have never made any comments about same-gender marriage, and I have nothing to hide,” he said.
The Washington Post has been unable to reach Anderson for comment.