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WA Chamber of Commerce Blames Hackers For Homophobic Emails

The Clack County Chamber of Commerce is blaming hackers for a series of e-mails stating that claimed LGBT-owned businesses weren’t welcome, reports the AP. The strange missives went out via the Chamber’s main account Wednesday night.

“In order to ensure the integrity of our website, we ask that all members refrain from listing any businesses that reference or involve the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. We feel the website would be better if such immoral businesses stayed out.”

A Change.org petition quickly surfaced denouncing the Chamber, but COC director Izad Khormaee says his group never sent the messages, which he calls the work of hackers. Openly gay lawmaker Rep. Jim Moeller,  who represents Vancouver, WA, says he talked with Khormaee and agrees that the emails were fraudulent.

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