|Consider the following statements:
“This company has no place for queer people. Sorry, we’re going to need to let you go.”
“It’s ok for you to rent this apartment from me… so long as your ‘girlfriend’ stays overnight. It’s a problem with you have a male ‘friend’ sleep over. I'm sorry, but I have a problem renting to people ‘like that.’”
“Ah… Hi. Yeah… We’re going to have to ask you to leave this restaurant” Walking away shaking head, “Homos…”
For those of you who do not live in Cincinnati: Although tacky, the comments above are legal within the Cincinnati city limits! In 1993, Cincinnati, with its history of intolerance for people that are not “in the majority,” passed a law that “singles out and excludes gays and lesbians from the legal right to petition their government for protection against discrimination.” The exact, confusing verbiage.
This issue has been reported on national news, in a similar light as the racial riots that were prompted after the shooting of a black mentally retarded man, in Spring, 2001.
THE PRO ARTICLE 12 SIDE
The proponents of Article 12 have some strong arguments and offer emotional feelings and a sense of fear for Christians:
- One should fear any legislature that promotes the liberal “gay agenda.”
- “Equal Rights, Not Special Rights” – The clause gives special rights to gays and lesbians. It puts these people in a protected class.
- Unlike African Americans, Latino Americans, Jews, and the French, gays and lesbians have made the choice to be the way they are! Cities should not support or recognize this deviant behavior!
- Once the door is open to gay rights, gays and lesbians will demand that they have the right to vote; the bible clearly states that marriage is between a “man and a woman” and gay marriage is in exact conflict with “Christian beliefs and Family Values.”
- This issue passed several governmental rulings in the last 11 years, including the US Supreme Court. Who can argue with that?
- Christian groups, such as Rev. Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association and the Focus on the Family have shown their support of upholding Article 12, and have called for a boycott on Procter & Gamble, a Cincinnati-based company.
THE PRO-GAY, PRO FAIRNESS, PRO-“YES ON 3!” SIDE!
Those who seek to repeal of Article 12 also have strong arguments and feelings similar to those during the civil rights discussions of the 1960s, when black students were not “welcome” in Alabama educational institutions.
- This clause promotes intolerance and says, “it’s ok to treat these people different.”
- Bad for business. Several organizations have passed up Cincinnati for conventions. If choosing between cities with similar facilities and similar costs, the perception of intolerance can be a tie breaker. (Article on the cost of Article 12 to the city.)
- The article discourages talented gay and lesbians from seeking employment in a city that discourages “people that are different.” It is proven that organizations perform at their best, more synergistically with people that think different and who are from differing backgrounds.
- This article was a factor for Cincinnati’s consideration as a sponsor for the Olympics (See Citybeat article.)
- A government should not dictate morality, not even at the local level!
- The City Council as well as many prominent business leaders, religious figures and major Cincinnati-based companies support the repeal of the article.
- Not even Salt Lake City with its heavy handed, powerful city council, has an ordinance like this!
Citizens to Restore Fairness http://www.citizenstorestorefairness.org/
Citizens for Community Values www.ccv.org
Ohioans Protecting the Constitution www.opcpac.com
Pastor Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) of Topeka, Kansas www.godhatesfags.com
P.S. The first and third derogatory statements, above are contrived. The second statement, above was actually said to a fellow blogger, Shane. Discrimination is alive and well in America!