Prejudice, bigotry must be behind opposition
Supporters of the Marion County human rights ordinance are being lambasted for their willingness to protect those discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, but why aren't those opposing the ordinance being called out for their prejudice and bigotry? This ordinance simply protects people from discrimination; there is no "special right" in being treated as an equal.
I have heard people say that homosexuality is a choice. I do not personally believe that, but no one points out that religion is a choice. People are protected from discrimination on the basis of religion, and society champions this type of protection. This leads me to the conclusion that the only explanation for those opposing the ordinance is prejudice and bigotry toward a group of people that they do not understand. Prejudice and bigotry are not rational, not worthy of debate, and should be denounced for what they really are: fear and disinformation.
Unfair to treat others differently
It is very important to pass equal rights to people in our community. It is unfair and terrible when our family members are discriminated against. The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community deserves to be treated and protected the same as everyone else.
Basic rights for all, not special rights for few
There is more to the human rights ordinance before the City-County Council than just gay rights. There are 57 pages of text regarding changes in language to the city's code that are necessary to bring current code up to date with the federal code, streamline the procedures of the city's Equal Opportunity Advisory Board and to ensure Indianapolis does not lose federal funding because of being out of compliance.
I keep seeing "pro-gay policies" and "anti-gay bias" in print as if the entire piece is devoted to creating special rights for a small group of people. The right to work and find housing is not a special right.
The section of the proposal causing all the stir reads: "The council finds that the practice of denying equal opportunities in employment, education, access to and use of public accommodations, and acquisition of real estate based on race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service veteran status is contrary to the principles of freedom and equality of opportunity and is a burden to the objectives of the policies contained herein and shall be considered discriminatory practices."
Basic rights for all, not special rights for a few.