A Republican state senator has apologized for comments he reportedly made to a GOP gathering about gays and blacks.
The Gaston Gazette reported that Sen. Jim Forrester said on Thursday that he didn't mean to offend anyone when he told an audience on Tuesday that "slick city lawyers and homosexual lobbies and African-American lobbies are running Raleigh," a reference to state government.
Forrester said he didn't intend to offend African-Americans or gays and hopes those who were hurt by the remarks will accept his apology.
Democratic Party Chairman David Young called Forrester's comments "hate-filled speech" that "are the lowest and worst type of politics." Young had called on state GOP leaders to demand an apology.