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Letter: New ordinance not needed in community

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From: Don Strietelmeier


So just why would having a city ordinance to provide enforceability by the Columbus Human Rights Commission in regard to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people be in keeping with the best of this city’s history?

As Lanny Lawler recently wrote in support of such an ordinance, he fails to mention just how far such an ordinance would have to go to satisfy him and perhaps a few other thought police. Many of the people who would support such an ordinance are also the ones who couldn’t stand the thought of allowing the citizens of Indiana to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman during the last legislative session.

As Lawler writes, “Any further action must come from the mayor and the City Council, which means it must come from us, the citizens of Columbus.”

If such an ordinance were proposed, there would be some who would like to use their influence to try to convince public officials that this is necessary so Columbus can be proud of its history in securing the rights of its citizens against prejudice and discrimination.

I don’t believe we need such an ordinance to be proud of our history, nor do we need thought police telling us what we are to believe or what we are to accept in regard to our cultural or religious stand.

So it will come from the citizens of this community to oppose such an ordinance.

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