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Salem mayor handles backlash over Gordon College deal

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Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll letter to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll letter to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
SALEM, Mass. (WHDH) - The mayor of Salem ended a deal with Gordon College that allowed the school to run events in the old town hall.

The decision came after the school's president signed a letter supporting a religious exemption to a federal regulation that bans discrimination in hiring based on sexual orientation.

Since then, Mayor Kim Driscoll said they have been flooded with anti-gay and lesbian calls and messages.

In response, she wrote a letter to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth.

In it, she says, "We are keeping a tally of these telephone calls and for each one we receive, I will be making a donation of five dollars to NAGLY."

Driscoll said many of the calls have come from out of state and seem prompted by conservative commentator Glenn Beck.

She anticipates the calls will continue.
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