Tea party members back dismissed president
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Several members of a Montana tea party group have resigned after the association's president was dismissed over an exchange on Facebook that appeared to condone violence against gays.
The party issued a statement over the weekend saying the board voted to kick president Tim Ravndal out of the party.
During a Big Sky Tea Party Association meeting Tuesday, board member Tom Baird called the decision a "knee-jerk reaction" and said he was resigning. The Independent Record reports the group's secretary she would also resign, and several association members called for a new board.
The dispute stems from a Facebook conversation on Ravndal's page that alludes to the 1998 of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was murdered because he was gay.
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