Far-right website defends ‘inhumane’ decision to ‘out’ Alabama mayor: ‘I’m not budging an inch’

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The Rev. F.L. “Bubba” Copeland, who was the mayor of Smiths Station, Alabama and a Baptist pastor, committed suicide on November 3 after 1819 News — a right-wing media outlet — reported that he had been cross-dressing. 1819, according to the Beast’s Kate Briquelet, has been defending its decision to make Copeland’s activities public. On the November 8 episode of 1819’s podcast, Editor-In-Chief Jeff Poor said, “It was a tough decision. But we made the decision. You stick with it. And I just — at that point, he’s a double public figure. And you — the people, I think, at the First Baptist Church …

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