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WEST UNION, S.C. (AP) — Officials in a small South Carolina mountain town say they’ve accepted the mayor’s apology for a Facebook post criticizing a decision that allowed gay couples to apply for marriage licenses.

In a news release from its attorney, the West Union town council said it accepted an apology from Mayor Linda Oliver, who had used the word “queer” in a post objecting to the register of deeds in Buncombe County, N.C., allowing gay couples to apply for marriage licenses Tuesday.

The post said God would not bless such unions. It was deleted, and Oliver said she would use the word “homosexual” in the future.

“These comments were Ms. Oliver’s personal views and were offensive to many people, especially those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community,” the news release said.

The council members, who met Friday, said Oliver apologized for offending people with her comments and also for the negative attention that her comments brought to the town.

“I did not realize at the time I made the comments how hurtful they were,” the news release quoted Oliver as telling the council. “I hope that those I’ve injured with my words understand that I did not intend to be offensive, and I beg them for forgiveness.”

West Union is a town of about 300 in rural Oconee County.

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