Chatfield resigns from Southwest Michigan post after opposition

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Former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield resigned Monday morning as CEO of a southwest Michigan economic development group after a wave of criticism over his past opposition to civil rights protections for gays and lesbians.

In a letter to the board of Southwest Michigan First, Chatfield, a Republican from Levering, said the organization deserves “someone with a blank political slate that won’t bring about the division that I’ve unfortunately caused.”

“As a Christian, I believe the Bible. I don’t want to hide from that,” Chatfield added. “Nor do I want to run from that. I don’t say that as a shield, and I certainly don’t say that to use as a weapon. I say it only because I want to be open and honest. And I don’t want to feel I have to be quiet about that within this…

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