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Duke’s College Republicans Oust Their Gay Leader

Is Duke University junior Justin Robinette guilty of abusing his position as chairman of the College Republicans by using funds for personal use? Or did members oust him because he’s a homogay?

The College Republicans say the former; Robinette says the latter.

Carter Boyle, the new chairman of the chapter, said Robinette disrespected members of the board, deliberately ignored members of UNC’s College Republicans, did not attend events and used the organization’s funds for personal use.

But!

“Comments were made directly to me and my executive board before and after the meeting concerning my sexual orientation, calling me a supporter of the faggot center, calling me ironic, calling me disgusting,” said Robinette, who is gay.

[…] Robinette described the reasons held against him as “petty” and said most had occurred prior to his re-election as chairman on March 16. “There’s a defense to mostly all of them,” he said. “Those were mostly dummy reasons.”

Backroom scandal?!

Robinette said the organization’s constitution was amended Wednesday just prior to his impeachment so that a two-thirds vote of the executive board would be sufficient for impeachment rather than the whole body. Following his impeachment, Robinette was asked to resign by 7 p.m. Thursday. “I walked into a contrived meeting at 9 p.m. Sneaky amendments were passed, my comments were cut short and motions were made to move the impeachment forward,” he said.

Except:

But members of the executive board said Robinette himself voted in favor of the amendment that changed the procedure for impeachment.

Though you’ve got to love the money quote from Robinette’s replacement Carter Boyle

“He threatened to eliminate us from the board,” Boyle said. “He treated us like second-class people.”

Heh. The non-gays throwing around “second-class.” Loves it.

[Daily Tarheel]