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NJ lawmaker: Gay blogger arrested for sex in car has ‘sickness’ that makes him ‘danger to society’

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Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp lashed out at New Jersey Assemblyman Jerry Green (D) this week after the lawmaker said that a blogger was a “danger to society” because he was caught having gay sex in a parked car.

Late last month, 75-year-old Dan Damon was arrested on charges of public lewdness after police allegedly caught him performing oral sex on a 23-year-old man. Damon, who is a well-known blogger in Plainfield, serves as a library trustee. He had also worked as a spokesperson for the city, and he was involved in the mayor’s campaign and transition teams.

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Following the arrest, Green blasted Mayor Mapp for not speaking out against Damon sooner.

“This is a 75-year-old man having sex with a 23-year-old man who happens to be a Latino,” Green told MyCentralJersey.com. “The mayor has yet to come out and say anything at all, which is totally shocking. It’s not that he doesn’t know that (Damon) has a sickness.”

The assemblyman added: “I’m just hoping nobody gets killed or hurt and that somebody in the administration recognizes that this is a danger to society.”

In a MyCentralJersey.com op-ed published on Tuesday, the mayor fired back at Green.

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“The above quote from Assemblyman Green is shocking at best,” Mapp wrote. “I am appalled that he would 1) consider being gay a ‘sickness,’ 2) suggest that gay people are prone to committing violence and murder, and, 3) consider being gay as a ‘danger to society.'”

“Someone ought to remind Assemblyman Green of the following: The train carrying the homophobes has left the 20th century station and it no longer stops in Plainfield,” the mayor concluded. “Assemblyman Green owes the LGBT community a huge public apology.”

For his part, Green insisted on Tuesday that the remarks about Damon were not anti-gay.

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“The people I have spoken to in the gay community know Mapp is trying to turn the issue,” he explained to PolitickerNJ. “I was not the one caught in a car with another man. The mayor’s response seems to mean that people can have sex [in public] all over the City of Plainfield. He sounds like a total idiot.”

“I don’t understand why I have to apologize,” Green continued. “At no times did I discuss a sexual preference. Mr. Mapp – I cant even call him Mayor Mapp – he’s a total embarrassment to this community.”

“I was one of the first persons in the African American community to come out for the rights of the gay community ten years ago… I don’t owe anyone an apology, particularly not to Mayor Mapp… I don’t need to be told what to do by an opportunist and a backstabber.”

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