In response to this article in the Colorado Springs Gazette, I wrote the following letter to the editor:
It’s almost amusing to hear state Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany attempt to explain his opposition to a bill that would bar workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians by dismissing the effort as a “divisive social issue.” (”Bill to bar gay bias at work gets initial OK”, Metro 1, April 17). By obscuring the issue with this rhetoric, the opponents of this bill can avoid stating the obvious truth: They support discrimination. Simply put, those who voted against this bill favor the ability of employers to fire or refuse to hire someone simply because of his or her sexual orientation. Luckily, the Senate Democrats didn’t heed this spin, and I hope the people of Colorado will recognize their votes not as “partisan politics” but as an important stand against discrimination.
Although my letter was not published in the Gazette, I’m happy to report that the Colorado House passed the bill, which the governor has said he will sign.