The Goshen City Council has voted down an amendment to it’s current anti-discrimination policy. The amendment would have added a prohibition on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
I have to admit that I was surprised that a small Northern Indiana town would make such a profound move as protecting their LGBT community from discrimination. What wasn’t much of a surprise was the backlash, hateful comments and the same-old-same-old Christian Right arguments against it. What absolutely floored me was the fact that one of the amendments sponsors, Councilman Chic Lantz, ended up voting against it! WTF?
Lantz changed his mind out of fear of possible legal action against the city.
“I don’t want Goshen to have to go through that,” said Lantz.
So, you want to offer protection to minorities in your district… as long as they don’t actually expect the protection or go through the proper channels when they are “harmed”? Are you an idiot? Really? People actually elected this guy to something other than the “Indiana Association of Nimrods”?
Here’s something for you to chew on Councilman Lantz, if you’re not busy matching your left socks with the right ones… Pass the amendment. Then make sure the city of Goshen embraces the ideas behind the amendment. If city offices, agents and employees are acting with the spirit of inclusion, acceptance and community…. you should have no worries of lawsuits.
Of the 150 or so people that took part in the debate most were against the amendment. Not for the same reason as Lantz… Surprise surprise… It’s because of their moral objection to protecting us evil doers.
“By its very nature, homosexual actions are intrinsically evil,” said resident Robert Roeder. “This is not to say that all homosexuals are evil. We all suffer temptation.”
“What about our rights as Christians? Why do we always have to take the back seat?” asked resident Lisa Drapeza. “Always push us back, push us back. What has this world come to?”
Well folks, why should your rights be protected and not the other guy? What the hell makes you so damn special. Every time I hear this argument I wont to ask them to leave the country, since they hate the ideas of individual freedom and religious separation. You know, the building blocks of our country?
You can still worship, pray, keep me and everyone you don’t like out of your church. What we are saying here is… The government shall not discriminate or barre any citizen from equal protection under the law. I can’t wait for the day when these people are the SEVER minority. Then they’ll see what it’s really like having NO RIGHTS.
There were a handful of supporters for the amendment. Just a handful though. Next time this is going on, we GLBT Hoosiers need to travel and pack these halls.
“People make assumptions about my character before they learn my name,” said resident Beth Beck. “I ask not that you support a lifestyle or even agree, I merely ask that you support people who are trying to get by when unemployment is at an all-time high and morale is at an all-time low. We are all still human and we all still deserve an equal chance.”
“The communities which are thriving and growing are those that are welcoming to minorities and various sexual orientations and women,” said resident Gina Liechty.
Councilman Jeremy Stutsman, the other sponsor, said he plans to bring this topic up for discussion again in the near future. I only hope it’s not twenty years from now.
I could not get a comment from any of the Goshen City Council members. They seemed to be avoiding me like the plague. Not sure if it was my cologne or the fact their comment would appear on this gay blog. So, if you live in or near Goshen… You should encourage your City Council to speak with me. I promise to be fair…ish 😉