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.
Former TV anchor objects to gay rights amendmentsHe opposes civil rights protections weighed by city
May 16, 2006
By JAMIE LOO
SOUTH BEND -- Jay Dunlap said his brother Tim was the tallest one in his family at 6-foot-7.
"Sweet and generous," Jay Dunlap said. "He was just generous to a fault."
Tim Dunlap died Dec. 1, 1986, and Dunlap said it was his brother's exposure to the "homosexual lifestyle" that may have caused it.
Dunlap, a former news anchor on local WSJV-28 from 1992 to 1995, shared the story of his brother at a No Special Rights press conference Monday. No Special Rights is a group that opposes amendments to the city's human rights ordinance to add protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. The proposal is set to be voted on June 26.
Dunlap said that as a teenager his brother was seduced by a man at an athletic club where he worked out frequently. For years after that, Dunlap said, his brother struggled with his same-sex attraction both psychologically and physically and was in and out of hospitals for "being treated roughly" and for mental health issues.
When Tim Dunlap died at age 27, Jay Dunlap said, the official cause of death was listed as asphyxiation. Dunlap said, "It's hard to know if that was the result of a seizure or something else."
Dunlap said all of the hospital stays made it difficult for his brother to build a career.
"It was a short, difficult life for a guy that deserved better," Dunlap said.
Because of this experience, Dunlap said, homosexuality has always been difficult for his family to discuss.
Dunlap said South Bend is a caring community that embraces all people, but the harsh reality is that the GLBT lifestyle is unhealthy and hurtful.
Catherine Pittman, a member of South Bend Equality, a group in favor of the amendment, said she is sorry for Dunlap's loss. But Pittman said discussing medical issues has nothing to do with the intent of the amendment. Depression and sexually transmitted diseases can also happen to heterosexuals, Pittman said.
If Dunlap was referring to the "something else" as asphyxiation during intercourse, Pittman said that practice isn't limited to homosexuals. Some heterosexual couples also engage in that type of behavior, she said.
Pittman said she doesn't understand how Dunlap could be against amendments which could protect his brother, if he were alive today, against discrimination in housing, employment and education. The amendment doesn't promote homosexuality but protects everyone from discrimination based on sexual orientation, she said.
"We have to get back to what this amendment does, which is to get civil rights," Pittman said.
Staff writer Jamie Loo:
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