Three fundamental concerns are driving the formation of the new citizens organization:
I. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on all businesses and property owners, with a particularly negative impact on faith- based and faith-inspired businesses and property owners.
II. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on every citizen's constitutionally protected rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.
III. The negative impact of the practice of homosexuality on the individuals who practice it and on the rest of the society.
The main multifaceted emphasis of the group is to defend Traditional Marriage as 'between one man and one woman', to respond to the controversy at the University of Notre Dame regarding homosexual activism at several levels, to respond to 'special rights for homosexuals' ordinances as they come forward in the Region and to facilitate help and ministry for those suffering from the ill effects of the homosexual lifestyle.
City Gender Plan Hears from Both SidesMay 10, 2006
The controversy continues on whether to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in South Bend.
A public hearing was held during a committee meeting Wednesday.
Fox 28's Josh Boose was at that meeting.
Josh... this is second meeting on this issue this week... we're there a lot of people there?
Yes, it was standing room only.
People on both sides of the issue packed the council chambers to get their feelings heard.
South Bend Equality, who is "for" the ban and representatives from "No Special Rights-dot-net" each got one hour to present their case to committee members.
All this has to do with a proposed ammendment to the city's discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Here's what people on both sides of this contoversial issue had to say...
Jan Torma/ RN: "They do not qualify for inclusion in this ordinance as a protected class. By approving this oridnance, you are promoting the homosexual lifestyle. It will lower the standard of health in this community and it will cost the community millions of dollars because of the devisitating health consequenses with this chosen lifestyle."
Elizabeth Mooney: "If we're talking about an effort to end discrimination, we have to let people who they are without being discriminated against. I applaude you for doing this and making it is to include."
Another meeting is scheduled here at the County-City building on May 17th.
Both groups will have a chance to speak their minds again.
At that point... the committee will either recommend the ordinance or not-recommend it.
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