Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mormon Church supports what many Delaware conservatives don't: equal rights for LGBQT Americans in terms of housing and employment

Still trying to figure out what this means after they helped bankroll the attack against same-sex marriage in California, but it's progress.

From Joe My God:

Hours after the LDS Church announced its support Tuesday night of proposed Salt Lake City ordinances aimed at protecting gay and transgender residents from discrimination in housing and employment, the City Council unanimously approved the measures. "The church supports these ordinances," spokesman Michael Otterson told the council, "because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage." They also are consistent with Mormon teachings, he said. "I believe in a church that believes in human dignity, in treating people with respect even when we disagree -- in fact, especially when we disagree." Normally more deliberate, the council opted to vote after dozens of residents in the overflowing crowd expressed their support. "Guaranteeing a right to fair housing and fair employment is not an issue of compromise," Councilwoman Jill Remington Love said. "We are a stronger, better city this evening. I'm proud to serve on a City Council where this isn't even controversial."

3 comments:

Chris Slavens said...

So, wait, are there currently laws that actively discriminate against homosexuals in terms of housing and employment? If so, why not simply repeal them? If not, why pass new laws overstating something already covered by existing laws?
Sounds like someone is suggesting a particular group of society is at a disadvantage, and deserves special protection from the government that the rest of us aren't entitled to. So much for small government or equal rights.

Bowly said...

So, wait, are there currently laws that actively discriminate against homosexuals in terms of housing and employment?

Uh...yes.

Bowly said...

If not, why pass new laws overstating something already covered by existing laws?

Uh...that's exactly what they're doing. From the article: "Hours after the LDS Church announced its support Tuesday night of proposed Salt Lake City ordinances aimed at protecting gay and transgender residents from discrimination in housing and employment..."

What that is saying to me is that although it should be obvious (to any average idiot) from the existing laws that you can't oppress gays, they're outright stating that you can't oppress gays. That would be "overstating something already covered by existing laws," which is what you recommend. Good on you.