It's Discrimination, and It's Wrong
A solider serves one, two or perhaps three tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq or wherever directed, fighting for our freedom.
That same soldier returns to Fayetteville, Goldsboro or Jacksonville, and it’s OK to refuse to rent him a home or not hire him for a part-time job? It’s OK to deny the pastor of a local church basic government services or “sit at the back of the bus,” all because of his sexual orientation?
This kind of discrimination was embraced in the 2012 North Carolina Republican Party Platform: “Government should treat all citizens impartially, without regard to wealth, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sex, political affiliation or national origin. We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination. Sexual orientation is not an appropriate category.”
The dehumanization and demonizing of some citizens by the N.C. Republican Party is completely unacceptable. The elected political leaders of our state approved this language.
These same folks took an oath to protect and defend (the Declaration of Independence), which declares, “We hold it to be self-evident that all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Call our state representative Jamie Boles and soon-to-be State Sen. Jerry Tillman and ask them how they, as leaders in the party, can condone this travesty.
Discrimination of any kind is wrong.
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