A South Carolina town is rallying behind its former police chief, who claims she was fired because she's a lesbian.

Crystal Moore, a 20-year veteran and chief for two years of the Latta police force, was fired from her post after Mayor Earl Bullard issued her 7 reprimands on April 15.

Outside the town hall, supporters rallied to show their support, while inside the town council unanimously approved a vote of confidence in Moore and blocked Bullard from hiring a new chief for 60 days.

Counselor Jared Taylor said he made a recording of Bullard in which the mayor said he's opposed to gay marriage, does not want his child exposed to such relationships and called gays worse than drunks.

“I would much rather have, and I will say this to anybody's face, somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children,” Bullard said.

“Because that ain't the damn way it's supposed to be,” he continued. “You know, you got people out there – I'm telling you, buddy – I don't agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed. And I don't say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around.”

Bullard has refused to discuss why he acted but told Reuters that he did not fire Moore because of her sexual orientation.

“Absolutely not … and if you do investigating, you will find that that is not the case, I assure you,” he said.

The town council is also considering whether to strip the mayor's office of some of its powers, a move which would allow the council to reinstate Moore.