AFA: Pro-LGBT resolutions reflect 'gross irresponsibility' of city leaders

Thursday, February 20, 2014
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A second college town in Mississippi has endorsed the LGBT lifestyle – and in the process, says one cultural commentator, is promoting an unhealthy lifestyle.

city of Hattiesburg, MSIn January, it was the Board of Aldermen in Starkville, home to Mississippi State University, approving a pro-LGBT resolution supporting "inclusion" and "diversity." Now, the city leaders of Hattiesburg – where the University of Southern Mississippi is located – have unanimously passed a similar resolution "recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)."

While Hattiesburg's Mayor Johnny DePree trumpets the resolution as a step toward reassuring all residents that they can "live openly and safely," Bryan Fischer with the Mississippi-based American Family Association says it's obvious the council members didn't check with the people they represent – or with the Centers for Disease Control about "how risky and dangerous homosexual behavior is."

Bryan Fischer"It's very clear that homosexual conduct is as risky to human health as intravenous drug use," Fischer tells OneNewsNow. "I don't think there's any way in the world that the Hattiesburg City Council is going to draft an ordinance that promotes intravenous drug use. Why? Because it's risky to human health. They should have taken the same position on homosexual behavior."

Also applauding the Hattiesburg decision is the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest pro-LGBT lobby group. HRC president Chad Griffin said it's an indication that "equality is marching forward and attitudes are changing in Mississippi faster than we've seen ever before."

Fischer, AFA's director of issues analysis, laments the fact that similar decisions by city leaders are becoming more common in college towns – adding that it reflects those leaders' negligent attitudes toward unhealthy lifestyles. "... These city councils, I believe, are being grossly irresponsible in the signal that they're sending to vulnerable young men and women in their communities," he states.

The AFA spokesman also argues that the vote does not represent the beliefs of the majority of residents in Hattiesburg. He reminds those residents that members of the city council serve "at the pleasure of the citizens who can do something about it" – and he adds: "They should."

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