San Antonio adopts gay rights measure

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  • michael.jensen369 Lethbridge, 00
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    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."

  • Contrariusier mid-state, TN
    Sept. 6, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    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".

    Sept. 6, 2013 2:57 a.m.

    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 responsibility.

  • jrp7sen Logan, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 2:53 a.m.

    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.

  • Bob K porland, OR
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:36 a.m.

    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.

  • Gandalf Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 11:20 p.m.

    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.