(Jackson, Wyo.) - At the Town Council meeting earlier this week, several religious leaders spoke out against passing a non-discrimination resolution on basis of gender identity. The resolution prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. "We would oppose both the resolution and the ordinance," said Tim Moyer at the meeting representing an interdenominational network of churches across the state. Moyer said that he believes that the resolution would encumber businesses, add more difficulty into the schools, compromise religious freedom and create a protected class that could pit people against each other. "It seeks to remedy a problem that we believe doesn't exist in our communities," he added. "By passing a resolution you will create a tension in the community where currently there is not a tension." "We believe that people have good will towards one another and would ask that you don't force mistrust," he said. Rev. David Bott, representing Redeemer Lutheran Church, encouraged the council to reject the resolution. "It is creating a protected class and with that protected class, anyone who holds traditional Orthodox Jewish, Christian, or Muslim values would then be discriminated against because of this ordinance," said Bott. "There is no need in the community for this." "With respect to you, I disagree," said Mayor Sara Flitner addressing both men. "I am not taking this lightly, but I will support the resolution." Councilman Don Frank said, "We are not creating a protected class, we are expanding and including our understanding about how all American citizens are protected." "I am going to support this resolution in the spirit that there is no them, there is only us and we need to love each other as neighbors," Councilman Frank added. After the discussion, the council members voted and the resolution passed unanimously.
More information, as well as the full resolution, is available here.
*Feature Photo: Rev. David Bott speaks to Town Council. Pitchengine