No word from Rogers about controversial comments
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
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MONTGOMERY -- U.S. Rep Mike Rogers, R-Saks, said something last month that offended members of the state's largest organization for realtors -- but neither Rogers nor the realtors seem willing to discuss the matter further.

Rogers spoke to a meeting of the board of directors of the Alabama Association of Realtors on Jan. 23. According to the news organization al.com, the group later released a statement saying Rogers' remarks were "inappropriate and offensive to some of our members."

The flap came to light after the gay rights group Equality Alabama issued an open letter to Rogers, taking him to task for allegedly making homophobic remarks at the realtors' dinner.

"You allegedly joked about how nice it was to be called “Honey” and “Sweetie” by a woman at an Alabama restaurant rather than a D.C. men’s room," Equality Alabama chairman Ben Cooper wrote in the letter.

The Star's attempts to reach Rogers, through his spokeswoman Shea Milller, were unsuccessful Monday. Attempts to reach Barry Mask, director of the realtors' association, were also unsuccessful.

Equality Alabama spokesman Michael Hansen said some members of the Birmingham delegation to the realtors' meeting walked out in response to the Congressman's remarks.

Capitol & statewide correspondent Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.

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