|To the Editor: Be fully informed on BG ordinances before signing petition against them|
|Written by Janet Parks|
|Monday, 28 September 2009 10:32|
The news that opponents of the new anti-discrimination ordinances had circulated petitions calling for a referendum did not surprise me. When I read some of the names on the petitions, however, I was both surprised and astonished.
Some people who signed the petitions are gay/lesbian/bisexual or have friends or relatives who are gay/lesbian/bisexual. Some are veterans or have friends or relatives who are veterans. Many have experienced pregnancy or have friends or relatives who have been pregnant.
It is unclear to me why these people would support a movement designed to deprive themselves or their friends or relatives of a legal right to nondiscrimination in housing, employment, public education, and places of public accommodation such as restaurants, theaters, and stores.
It is possible that some of the signers did not totally understand the ordinances.
Anyone who wishes to be fully informed about them can read them online in the “legislation adopted” section of the Aug. 17, 2009 meeting of the BG City Council.
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