Public Forum LetterUpdated: 12/08/2009 01:28:21 PM MSTYou can no longer fire or evict gays and lesbians, said the Salt Lake City Council, backed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which read an official statement ("Pro-gay statutes win city, LDS nod," Tribune , Nov. 11). In the excitement, we missed the fine print and hidden cost in the sentence explaining the church's support, following the words "fair and reasonable": "The church supports this ordinance ... because it is fair and reasonable and does not do violence to the institution of marriage."So, the LDS Church supports ending violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in matters of employment and housing, but considers pursuing full equal rights a "violent" act? Fair and reasonable? Hardly.The LGBT community isn't asking for temple marriages -- just equal rights regarding property, adoption, inheritance, proxy decision making, tax filing, hospital visitation, etc. -- rights granted by governments, not churches, to those who choose to form personal unions.I'm interested in equal, not reasonable. So let's stop the back-slapping and start a real conversation, because I see nothing fair or reasonable in this language and what it means for equal rights under the rule of law.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Salt Lake City
Posted by De Sube at 12/09/2009 03:49:00 PM