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Georgia councilman's defiant opposition to interracial marriage leads to his resignation

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A Georgia city councilman resigned on Tuesday amid accusations of racism due to his strong opposition to interracial marriage.

Hoschton City Councilman Jim Cleveland said he chose to resign to avoid facing voters in a recall election next month and he didn't want to give his opponents the pleasure of saying they voted him out.

"They filed ethics complaints and when that didn't go anywhere they started a recall against me and the mayor," Cleveland told ABC News on Tuesday. "It went all the way through and it got approved for a recall election. My thinking of it was, 'If they got it this far, then why go through an election and let them recall me? I'll just resign.'"

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Hoschton City Hall in Hoschton, Ga., is pictured in a Google Maps Street View image from July 2016.
Hoschton City Hall in Hoschton, Ga., is pictured in a Google Maps Street View image from July 2016.Google Maps Street View

The small Georgia town became the poster child for racial intolerance earlier this year when Cleveland, who has served on the council for a decade, spoke out against interracial marriage, citing his "Christian beliefs" on race. His comments came against the backdrop of unproven claims that the city's mayor, Theresa Kenerly, had declined to hire an black candidate for city administrator because of his race.

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