Opinion: Time for Scottsdale to protect the LGBT community

Mayor Jim Lane and members of the Scottsdale City Council:

I urge all of you to continue the process of crafting and approving a comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance for the City of Scottsdale, that ensures no one can be publicly discriminated against, including members of the LGBT community.

By affirming this process and ordinance, you will be publicly standing for our American vision as articulated in the Declaration of Independence, that every American merits liberty, freedom, equality, and opportunity.

This is but the latest step in a long and at times arduous process that first extended the right to vote to free white male citizens of certain standing, then all white males, free black males, and women.

Since the 1950s, our American belief in equality and opportunity has extended beyond the right to vote to include social standing, i.e., no American is either superior or inferior to any other American, due to race, color, creed, national origin, and finally in our time, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Truly this has been a long and continuing journey.

I urge you to join the ranks of those commendable people in history who stood with Galileo, and against the forces of ignorance and darkness.

I urge you to embrace the precepts of the Enlightenment which gave us Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and the knowledge that government is of, by, and for all the people.

I urge you to embrace modern science and the social sciences, that lift away the veils of ignorance, superstitions, and even hateful notions that some people hold about others who may be different.

Mayor Lane and members of the Scottsdale City Council, I urge you to be compassionate, inclusive, and wise.

If the great religious leaders, philosophers, and statesmen who have marched through history have taught us anything, it is that we must learn and grow in the light that we are all members of the same species, that we all inhabit the same planet, and that we are all our brothers and sisters keepers.

Here in our very small and very beautiful Scottsdale spot on planet earth, you as our elected leaders now have the opportunity to do good.

I urge you to vote to continue the process to craft and pass a comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance for our Scottsdale community.  Now is the time to act!

 

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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