To all who have strong opinions about this issue, I would issue a caution.
Refrain from hypersensitivity and from taking offense. Powerful emotions of
anger or bitterness, elicited from perceived injustices(whether real or
imagined), cloud judgement and make us blind to the reality of the situation. We
are all children of God here. A person who is hypersensitive and easily offended
is a person who is easily misled. That said, I do not support gay marriage, but
I do support this ordinance, because it makes sense, is respectful of those with
differing opinions, and (as far as I can tell) does not discriminate against
those with traditional beliefs.
The LDS Church came out in support of anti-discrimination laws a few years ago.
They consider them "fair and reasonable" as long as they contain
protections for religious organizations (even though they do not contain
protections for non-religious businesses run by religious individuals).When discussing SLC's non-discrimination ordinance, Michael Otterson, the
official representative for the LDS Church, stated, "In drafting this
ordinance, the city has granted common-sense rights that should be available to
everyone, while safeguarding the crucial rights of religious organizations, for
example, in their hiring of people whose lives are in harmony with their tenets,
or when providing housing for their university students and others that preserve
religious requirements...."I represent a church that believes in
human dignity, in treating others with respect even when we disagree – in
fact, especially when we disagree. The Church's past statements are on the
public record for all to see. In these comments and in our actions, we try to
follow what Jesus Christ taught. Our language will always be respectful and
acknowledge those who differ, but will also be clear on matters that we feel are
of great consequence to our society."
In response to the person in the article who thought gay rights shouldn't
be compared with racial rights --Martin Luther King III supports a
boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi because of their anti-gay
'propaganda' law. He has said, referring to his father, that "I
think that as he worked to advocate for civil and human rights, he was talking
for everyone, not just for people of color."One of the chief
architects of MLK Jr's March on Washington was an openly gay man, Bayard
Rustin.Rev. Bernice King. MLK's daughter, said in 2012 that
civil rights included those who are "heterosexual or homosexual, or gay,
lesbian, bisexual, transgender."Coretta Scott King said in 1998:
"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of
lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice,"
she said. "But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said,
'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'" "I
appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make
room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people".
While we are at it, lets make sure those who never completed 8th grade, those
who have been unemployed for more than six months, anyone who comes from a
family of more than five children, those who raise chickens in their backyard,
those who have more than one pet, those who aren't actually married, and
anyone who drives a pickup truck are protected too. After all, we wouldn't
want to give the landlord and/or employer any excuse to deny housing/employment
based on his/her own moral, political, and/or social values/ideas. We have
learned that the government is much better at enforcing laws that the majority
don't want but which promote their social agendas. IMO, the type of
legislation being proposed/passed is an intrusion on personal liberty and
Agreed. Congratulations San Antonio. It is pure prejudice and not christian at
all to openly discriminate against anyone for any reason. No where in good
conscience can you say otherwise.I personally support gay marriage
as well, but that is another discussion. I hope more Mormons open up and accept
the fact that people are born gay, and if that is the case, then you must ask
the second question, why in the world should they be denied the same rights we
enjoy daily, simply because we were born straight? Love and light to
all gays and lesbians.
It seems that the opposition is divided mainly into two groups:1--
"I am very accepting, but I think that protecting you from getting fired,
losing your apartment, and so on is too much to ask" (irony intended)2-- "My version of Christianity tells me that I am allowed to dump
it on you and everyone else, whether you care to hear it or not, and to condemn
you as a sinner who is not worthy of equal treatment" (bullying intended,
and not forgiven)If all Citizens, especially those we might not like
or approve of, do not have equal treatment, it is not America.Jesus
said to LOVE our fellows, not to SHOVE them into a 2nd class status.
It's not a question of if Utah passes a non-discrimination statute
protecting the LGBT community from being targeted in housing and employment.
It's a question of when. This has nothing to do with gay marriage. It
simply a matter a common decency and fairness. We need to pass
anti-discrimination legislation now.