Faith in Memphis Panel / on Sexual Orientation as a Civil Right

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Faith in Memphis Panel / on Sexual Orientation as a Civil Right


The Memphis City Council this week approved including sexual orientation in a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, but delayed a final vote on the measure for 30 days while legal experts research whether the legislation would violate the city's charter. We asked the Faith in Memphis panel to weigh in on the matter. Here are excerpted responses. Read all responses in full at faithinmemphis.com.

Val Handwerker

Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

I was present at the City Council meeting this past Tuesday in order to show my support for the amended ordinance that includes prohibiting job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Catholic Church is clear in its official teaching on such discrimination in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Those with a homosexual condition must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. We are all part of the magnificent splendor of God's creation. It is unworthy of our great dignity as a city to show discrimination.

LaSimba Gray

New Sardis MB Church

The strategy is to make an abnormal lifestyle the normal and shame on any one who disagrees. I resent highly the association of this gay and lesbian movement with the civil rights movement to seek approval. During the 48 years of my participation in the struggle for civil justice in this country, I never saw a sign over water fountains for gays and lesbians, I never saw a sign at the Memphis Zoo that said, Gay and Lesbian Day Only, I have never heard of a gay or lesbian being denied access to the public library or refused service in a restaurant or denied the right to vote because they are gay or lesbian. I see gays and lesbians employed in every facet of society.

Meade Walker

Castalia Heights Baptist Church

We discriminate as to who we will have as friends, spouses and many other relationships in life. …

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