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Breck ratifies sexual orientation clause

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Town Council earned a resounding round of applause Tuesday night when it unanimously approved an ordinance that lists sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination policies.”This is an important step forward for the town of Breckenridge,” said Justin Stephens following the passage of the ordinance. “And as a business owner, I’m proud of the town council.”If smiles and hugs were any indication, so were the more than 50 people who showed up to speak in favor of the ordinance.”I think the town of Breckenridge knows how to be a progressive town,” said Patricia McNeelege of Wildernest. “It’s great for the community.”Others applauded what they said was the council’s progressive stance on the issue.Monte McClenehan said he was pleased because he’s been the target of discrimination in the past. Once, when he applied for a job at an unnamed sheriff’s office, officials asked him if he’d ever used marijuana. He replied yes, but during a lie detector test later, they asked him if he was a homosexual, and when he said yes, they stopped the test and said his past marijuana use was reason enough not to continue with the job application process.”People who are gay just want the same opportunities,” he said. “Not special rights. You shouldn’t be fired just because you’re gay. You should not be unable to find housing just because you’re gay. This is an important issue. I’m glad to see it passed.”The lone dissenter in the crowd was physician Bill Bolthouse, who said he came to the town council meeting to present his Christian beliefs and values and to urge the council to vote against the ordinance.”This is a difficult issue for me,” he said. “The difficult thing is to love well but speak the truth.”Homosexuals as a class don’t qualify for special considerations,” he continued. “Why is the council bringing it up? I can only conclude that it’s due to political loyalties rather than workplace discrimination. I encourage you to consider what’s true and right and do so in love.”McClenehan said he wasn’t surprised the council approved the ordinance.”The attitude here is live and let live,” he said. “Yet, it was the step that was needed to authenticate this and get it on the books.”Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228 or at jstebbins@summitdaily.com.


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