To the Editor:
The Rev. Paul Blair of Edmond’s Fairview Baptist Church rallied troops from “Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ” to attend Tuesday’s Oklahoma City Council meeting. Scheduled was a vote on Councilman Ed Shadid’s resolution to add the words “sexual orientation” to municipal statutes protecting minorities in hiring and employee relations.
Blair and his allies argued that homosexuality is a sinful choice.
Supporters of the resolution testified that this is a civil rights issue and that LGBT people deserve the same protections as other minorities. Quotes supporting gay rights from Coretta Scott King and Clara Luper were shared by one side. Dire warnings about the wrath of God and threats to Christianity came from the other side.
The final vote was 7 to 2 in favor of the resolution, codifying for the first time in Oklahoma City that sexual orientation is a human characteristic to be protected by law.