The mayor's office in Saskatoon has apologized for citing "lifestyle choices" following the Orlando shooting that killed dozens of LGBTQ people.
City councillor Darren Hill called out the mayor's statement as "ignorant" on his Facebook page. "49 people were not gunned down because of a lifestyle choice! They were brutally killed out of hate because they were Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer."
Atchison's spokesperson, Richard Brown, later took responsibility for the mayor's statement. "I chose my words poorly and for that I take full responsibility and apologize," he told The StarPhoenix.
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