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AP Interview: Ousted tea party leader Ravndal seeks return

HELENA (AP) — The Montana tea party association leader ousted over an anti-gay exchange on Facebook said Thursday that he wants his leadership post back, and denied that he understood an online friend was talking about killing gay people during their Internet discussion.

The Big Sky Tea Party Association fired Tim Ravndal on Sunday after learning of his online comments about same-sex couples made in July. The post spurred an exchange that appeared to joke about the 1998 beating death of a gay college student in Wyoming.

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