Montana Tea Party Removes Leader After Anti-Gay Post

September 7, 2010 - 11:12 AM
The Big Sky Tea Party Association's board of directors has removed the organization's president for an exchange on his Facebook page that appeared to condone violence against homosexuals.
Helena, Mont. (AP) - The Big Sky Tea Party Association's board of directors has removed the organization's president for an exchange on his Facebook page that appeared to condone violence against homosexuals.
 
Board member Roger Nummerdor says Tim Ravndal also has been kicked out of the Montana organization.
 
The board's vote Sunday came after members learned of the online conversation that began with a comment about an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit over rights for same-sex couples.
 
The conversation between Ravndal and another man appears to reference the 1998 death of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and tied to a fence post. Police said Shepard was attacked because he was gay.
 
Ravndal apologized for the July 23 post.