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Loudoun Supervisor Delgaudio rebuked for anti-gay remarks

McGimsey said: "I think that the actions and words of Mr. Delgaudio prove why we needed to institute the policy that we did the other day. There's clearly some people who need those kinds of policies in place."

She said she believed his language was dangerous.

"I want to apologize to anyone who has listened to this, and I'm very sorry this has happened up here. I'm sorry," she said.

At the meeting, Delgaudio tussled with Scott K. York (I), the board chairman, as Delgaudio sought more time to defend himself. Several times, York told Delgaudio to quit interrupting and to "hush."

David Weintraub, president of the gay rights group Equality Loudoun, said Delgaudio's comments in the newsletter crossed the line.

"That said transgendered people are not human," he said. "There is a tendency for people around him to roll their eyes and say, 'There he goes.' There is a possibility that this sort of performance is contrived or deliberate. I think he is losing control of himself. It's hard to tell."

In an interview, Delgaudio said he was in full control of his actions. "I do everything I do on purpose," he said.

He said supervisors have been "pretty blunt" in disassociating themselves with him, which doesn't bother him. He linked his behavior at board meetings to lingering resentment over a December political controversy involving Christmas displays at the courthouse.

"Why am I so animated?" he said. "I am still angry, and I am still mad about them taking away the Nativity. They think they can get away with it. They are being held responsible by me."

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