Opinion: Scottsdale mayor should support anti-gay ordinance

Current Mayor Jim Lane thinks he’s doing a great job, and wants to be re-elected as our mayor.

However, thanks to Jim Lane, you can still be publicly discriminated against in Scottsdale, if you happen to be gay.

Bowing to a few flat-world haters, Mayor Lane has so far refused to support an ordinance to end this blight on the Scottsdale brand.

We all know someone who is gay, or know someone who knows someone, who is gay.  Gay people are white, black, brown and yellow.  We are Methodist, Catholic, Buddhist, Unitarian and Atheist.

We are military veterans, doctors, lawyers, CPAs and auto mechanics.  We are sons, daughters, cousins, grandparents, friends and neighbors.  We live, work and play in Scottsdale, where we own homes and businesses, pay taxes and vote!

Yet Jim Lane refuses to support an ordinance that would prohibit public discrimination against us, just because we happen to be gay.

Scottsdale is a welcoming, inclusive, diverse and vibrant community.  There is no room for any kind of public discrimination in Scottsdale.  No one who thinks that any kind of public discrimination should be allowed, should be our mayor.

That means that Jim Lane should NOT be voted in again as our mayor, unless he votes for an anti-gay discrimination ordinance.

If Barry Goldwater were alive today, he would show up at a Scottsdale City Council meeting, and give Jim Lane an earfull!  Barry loved his gay grandson, and would not have stayed silent, while people like Jim Lane allowed public discrimination.

Pass the word:  Jim Lane’s campaign to be our mayor again should fail, if he refuses to believe that Scottsdale is a welcoming and inclusive community.

We should only even consider voting for Mayor Lane, if he votes to end ALL public discrimination in Scottsdale.

Editor’s note: Mr. Greco is a resident of Scottsdale. To respond, email your opinion to scottsdalenews@newszap.com.

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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