NC Lawmaker Won't Apologize For E-mail Joke

A North Carolina state legislator says he was only joking and won't apologize for an e-mail that some critics say disparaged women.

Multiple media outlets reported Friday that GOP Rep. Bill Current of Gaston County responded to an invitation to a women's history event saying he couldn't go because he "promised to be at the organizational meeting of the 'white male' historical society."

Current meant to send the e-mail just to the event's organizers, but hit "reply to all" instead.

Women's advocates called the comment improper, and state Democratic Party Chairman David Young wants GOP leaders to condemn the remark.

Current said he was making a joke and says he's tired of dividing citizens by gender and race because it doesn't unite the American people.

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