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The Coeur d'Alene Press asked the three Coeur d'Alene mayoral candidates to provide their opinions on the city's nondiscrimination ordinance, which was passed earlier this summer (story here):
- Joe Kunka: “You're alienating everyone else. For the council to vote against the overwhelming majority of its people, that wasn't very smart. You can't protect everybody,” he said, adding: “I think the only people now who don't have some sort of protection are white guys between the ages of 18 and 90.”
- Mary Souza: “They went ahead and pushed it through and they left a lot of people in that room feeling left out - that their opinions or their views or their concerns were not worthy of consideration,” she said. Souza said as mayor, she would vote whichever way the public favored on highly charged topics when the opinion is stacked on one side, regardless of how she feels personally.
- Steve Widmyer: “I understand those people's emotions that were against it. I understand they feel passionately against that.” But “it's not just the people that come to the council meetings (who had an opinion on the ordinance) … You have to take a pulse of a whole community.”
Question: Which candidate best expresses your feelings on the city's new antidiscrimination ordinance?
An “ex-gay” Christian ministry that spearheaded the largest national movement to cure homosexuality is shutting its doors for good one year after renouncing its controversial therapies. Exodus International announced its groundbreaking decision Wednesday before offering an apology for all the harm and pain it has caused the gay community over the last 37 years. “For quite some time we've been imprisoned in a worldview that's neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical,” said ministry President Alan Chambers (show in AP photo), who has struggled with his own same-sex attractions, on Thursday/Nina Golgowski, New York Daily News. More here.
This Dan Pelle SR file photo from the 4th annual Monster Dash in Manito Park/Spokane last fall is for illustrative purposes only.
Cornel Rasor, who chairs the Idaho Republican Party’s resolutions committee, says that he pushed for a resolution to void all local ordinances banning discrimination against LGBT people because he wants to be able to fire any gay man who “comes into work in a tutu.” The Associated Press reported that a non-binding resolution passed Saturday at the party’s Central Committee summer meeting in McCall calls for the state legislature to block anti-discrimination ordinances passed by at least five municipalities throughout the state/David Edwards, The Raw Story. More here.
- Correction: If you follow the link above, The Raw Story reports that Rasor made this comment at the Central Committee summer meeting. He actually made the comment directly to SReporter Betsy Russell during an interview.
Question: Do you know any gay guys who show up to work in tutus?
Idaho, like other states, has gained some protections for its LGBT community through municipal ordinances banning discrimination in housing and employment. It seems the Idaho State GOP just can’t stand that fact! Yesterday at their annual Central Committee summer meeting the Republican Party leaders of Idaho passed a non-binding resolution urging the GOP-dominated legislature to rescind those protections, making them null and void. Thus far, the GOP-led Idaho Legislature has refused to add housing and workplace protections for gays and lesbians to the Idaho Human Rights Act. This had led the LGBT community in a few cities to fight for housing and job protections via city ordinances. And fight they have had to do/Cathy Kristopherson, O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da. More here.
Councilman Dan Gookin: One thing that missing in the overall discussion is the generational difference of opinion regarding equal rights for the LGBT community, i.e., younger people don't seem to have an issue. Just last night, my youngest son returned from his Christian youth group (at RLM, by the way). I explained to him some of the upset. His response? “I have a moral objection to the homosexual lifestyle, but I'm adamant that they not be discriminated against.” He echoed sentiments of my other boys, who also consider themselves Christian. They support the philosophy behind this ordinance.
Christie Wood, president of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, commented on HuckleberriesOnline over the week:
I read with interest Mary's position on the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance being presented by the Kootenai CountyTask Force on Human Relations. Her statements were very similar to a conversation I had with Councilman Gookin earlier this week. He has made his support for her very public,and they are very good friends so I assume they share similar values. Mary stated she cannot support the ordinance because “There are exceptions for certain groups that don't have to follow that law.” Dan told me that he cannot support it for the same reason. Dan made it very clear to me he supports same sex marriage, and equal rights for the LGBT community.He said there should not be an exception in this ordinance for religious organizations because that still allows for discrimination. He asked me to share his thoughts with the Task Force and I have done so. More here.
State leaders have made it clear they’re not interested in extending anti-discrimination protections to the gay and lesbian community. At the start of 2009, I watched members of the Senate State Affairs Committee barely give Sen. Nicole LeFavour (pictured, via Wikipedia) the courtesy of their attention before quickly voting against printing her bill to amend the Idaho Human Rights Act to include LGBT protections in the workplace, education and housing. A week before LeFavour was shot down by her fellow senators, the Idaho Human Rights Commission — an organization tasked specifically with “ensuring that all people within the state are treated with dignity and respect”—voted against supporting LeFavour’s proposed legislation/Rachael Daigle, Boise Weekly. More here.
Question: Should Idaho extend human rights protections to the gay and lesbian community?