(SPRINGFIELD, Mo) — It has brought out protesters and large crowds to City Hall, but it has also brought out an emotion Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens doesn't often feel toward his City; embarrassment.
“Springfield is better than the messages I'm receiving,” he said.
He's talking about letters and emails about the controversial sexual orientation issue.
“They’re very shallow, shortsighted and mean spirited,” Stephens said.
Those emails are part of the reason the Council agreed to table it for further review.
“The rhetoric was getting heated. It's a very emotional topic and we felt like we needed a cooling off period,” he said.
The Mayor and council members got hundreds of emails a day about the issue. Most are computer generated, re-peats but they go through every single one.