Legal, but immoral – Salt Lake Tribune

Posted on August 15, 2009. Filed under: Courageous, Great Reader Comment, Thumbs up | Tags: , , |

“It may be legal for Mormons to discriminate against gays in their public spaces, but it’s not right, and that makes it a gay-rights issue.”

Jens Hammer

Letter to the Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune. Jens, Thank You.

Doug Fullmer argues that the gay kiss-in trespass on the LDS Church’s Main Street Plaza has nothing at all to do with gay rights and is “solely a property rights issue” and that “no reason is required to be given for asking them to leave” (“Property rights,” Forum, Aug. 6). That’s true about one’s house, but not necessarily about areas open to the public. For instance, Wal-Mart can’t eject someone because she is Hispanic, Catholic, female or blind — that’s simply illegal, even if it is private property.

If The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allows straight couples to kiss on the plaza but not gays, that may not legally be discrimination, but it is morally. And even if sexual identity were added to the official nondiscrimination list, the First Amendment shields churches from those laws when it pertains to its beliefs. Regardless, discrimination based on sexual identity is repugnant; it should be added to the list to put bigots on the moral defensive, even if they can’t be prosecuted.

It may be legal for Mormons to discriminate against gays in their public spaces, but it’s not right, and that makes it a gay-rights issue.

Jens Hammer

Brighton

Legal, but immoral – Salt Lake Tribune

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