Greco: Scottsdale LGBT nondiscrimination slight is no new occurrence

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane recently tried to set his record straight on not supporting a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance for Scottsdale.

John GrecoHe need not have bothered. So far, Lane’s record has been perfectly straight on not supporting non discrimination ordinances.

Several years ago, then Councilmember Lane vigorously and vainly opposed the current ordinance to protect LGBT Scottsdale city workers from arbitrary harassment, intimidation and termination. Fortunately, Mayor Mary Manross and Scottsdale’s more inclusive values prevailed.

Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson and Flagstaff have all passed the current nondiscrimination proposal that mayor Jim Lane has so far failed to support. His protestations of timing and politics notwithstanding, Lane could have backed up his public protestations of being welcoming and inclusive by supporting the ordinance. He hasn’t.

Like the proverbial emperor who wanted complements on his new clothes while walking around naked, Lane can and does talk the talk. He gladly accepts accolades and applause for preaching inclusion. But then he does not walk the walk, even though he does feel free to caustically criticize those who dare to point out his failure to follow through.

Why bother to focus on Mayor Lane? Because we all know that Jim is capable of getting things done, even when there is substantial opposition. Due in large measure to his efforts, downtown Scottsdale is filled with ever taller new buildings, and a dramatic proliferation of bars and entertainment venues. All this has happened despite significant community opposition. So, we know that Jim can get things done when he wants to.

We can only hope that as a community and a nation, we all finally have the vision, the values, and the courage to work for liberty, equality, and opportunity for all Americans.

And, we can only hope that maybe, perhaps even with Mayor Jim Lane’s help, that will eventually include  a comprehensive non discrimination ordinance for Scottsdale.

Editor’s note: Mr. Greco is a resident of Scottsdale

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