15 August 2014

U.S. City Was Saved From Intolerant Gays

Mayor Tom Hanel
Billings, Montana City Mayor Tom Hanel saved the city from chaos and anarchy after he voted off an attempt by gay activists to impose their minority agenda on the majority that opposed them.

A city ordinance that protects and promotes LGBT lifestyle in all manner of business in the city was defeated in a vote – 6-5 – after Mayor Hanel casts his critical ballot. As mayor since 2009, Hanel said he doesn’t believe the city of about 109,000 residents is ready for the ordinance because he wasn’t sure it would build “good will” or be “fair, beneficial to everyone,” the Billings Gazette reported.

The LGBT lifestyle promotion ordinance would have amended the Billings city code to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations.

Many other cities have seen intense debates over promotion of LGBT lifestyle in recent weeks and months. Just last week, voters in Chattanooga, Tenn. voted to repeal a similar ordinance passed in November 2013 and in Houston, city officials said last 4 August that an effort to put its new equal rights ordinance up for referendum vote did not qualify for the ballot. Opponents trying to repeal the measure are now fighting that decision in court.

City Council members finally voted on the measure around 3 :00 A.M. last 12 August after hours of testimony by residents. During debate among the council members, councilman Shaun Brown, said he was for much of the ordinance, but against adding the protections to public accommodations — like public restrooms and locker rooms, according to the paper.

Reports are trickling in that the residents of the city has hailed the decision of the council and vowed to protect their right to be free from LGBT influence and intolerant gay activists that want to dictate what they should and should not do in their beloved community.