Thanks to a petition drive, citizens of Hutchinson, Kansas will
apparently have the last word on an ordinance that grants special
rights to homosexuals.
Last June, city commissioners passed the ordinance baning
discrimination against homosexuals in employment and housing. Then,
activists approached commissioners to broaden the language to
include protection on the basis of gender identity (see earlier story). Lanny Scholes, music and
education minister at First Southern Baptist Church of Hutchinson,
says that prompted a citizen-led petition drive for a vote.
"It appears that because of a law like this, if a church was
willing to let their church be used for weddings … they would have
to allow 'gay weddings' also, even though their church may not
believe in that at all," Scholes explains.
Scholes believes the residents of Hutchinson are
"I don't believe that the public wants to harm others that have
different beliefs than they do, but for a sector of people to use
laws to impose their beliefs on that same public -- I don't think
that's right either," he offers.
Family Policy Council obtained four times the needed signatures
to place the repeal on the November ballot.