As some of you might know, PFLAG Dillon has asked the City of Dillon to adopt a non-discrimination (otherwise known as expansion of the definition of protected persons) city ordinance. This request is not the first of its kind nor will it be the last. Local communities throughout the state and the country have asked their governing bodies to consider similar ordinances.
Missoula 2010, Helena 2012, Butte 2014, Bozeman 2014, Whitefish 2016, and several states, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Oregon, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Washington have all adopted the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in their state’s civil rights law.
We are not asking for anything new or novel. This country and this state have seen their fair share of granting equal protections to persons who tend to be discriminated against based on their condition of not being a member of the majority class.
I recognize that this might still irritate some of you and honestly, there is nothing I can do for you. There is no amount of logic I can use to convince you that every single American citizen deserves the right to rent a home, maintain employment, and receive public accommodations without fear of losing any of those things.
I am a straight white female and I am constantly checking my privilege without shame or fear that someone else might enjoy the same rights and privileges I have. There are plenty of rights and privileges to go around. We are not talking about pie. We are talking about the American belief, the American ideal that all people are created equal and as such deserve equal rights under the law. I ask my fellow Dillon citizens; my fellow Americans to stand on the right side of history and support a non-discrimination city ordinance.
To learn more and to review the proposed city ordinance please go PFLAG Dillon Facebook Page or email email@example.com and we will be happy to share with you the proposed ordinance.
Valerie Coulter, Dillon