|To the Editor: BG man opposes anti-discrimination ordinance|
|Written by Gary Thompson|
|Saturday, 08 August 2009 08:07|
On Aug. 17, at 8 p.m., BG City Council members are going to vote on the fate of the proposed unlawful discrimination ordinance. This proposal is aimed at deterring business owners, landlords, pre-school, elementary, middle and high schools, etc from discriminating in 22 protected classes. The new classes include: gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, creed, ancestry, political ideology, military status, veteran status, physical characteristics, HIV status and genetic information.
I don't plan on discriminating against anyone; however, this ordinance is based on perception or a "perceived discrimination". This law would open the door to unnecessary lawsuits, fines and a possible charge of a 4th degree misdemeanor.
In these trying financial times, with a city that is proposing to increase the income tax to 2%, do we really want to be creating more of a burden on the city administration? Their time would be much better served encouraging businesses to relocate here or finding other ways to bring revenue into our great city.
As a landlord and a local business owner, we already abide by federal, state and current city laws that protect against discrimination. This proposed change would infringe on my business and would interfere with my rights as a Christian and as a business owner. As for me and my family, we are against this new proposal. How about you? Need more information? Contact the mayor's office ASAP. Want to help defeat this ordinance? Contact city council members and tell them to vote no.
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