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Humphreys to resign from OU Board of Regents

The Associated Press - December 21, 2017 1:28 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A University of Oklahoma regent who likened gay people to pedophiles during an Oklahoma City public affairs TV show says he will resign before the start of the upcoming academic year.

Vice Chair Kirk Humphreys said Thursday he does not want to be a distraction and announced plans to resign at a board meeting during which members were scheduled to discuss “any board member(s) as it may pertain to board leadership positions.”

Humphreys on Tuesday publicly apologized for his comments, saying he regrets hurting people. The LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma had called for Humphreys to resign.

Freedom Oklahoma Director Troy Stevenson praised Humphreys’ decision, calling it the most appropriate response and the outcome the group had hoped for.

 

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