Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on September 29, 2010
Norman, Oklahoma – The city council voted 7-1 to designate October as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. But it came at a cost – including threats to several council members.
Well done to the Norman City Council for standing up for equality and special rights for none!
Ward 7 Councilman Doug Cubberley said some messages left on his answering machine “threatened my livelihood.”
Hal Ezzell in Ward 3 said many vowed to unseat council members who supported the proclamation.
In the end, all of them said they voted their conscience.
The proclamation passed Tuesday with a 7-1 vote. Councilman Dan Quinn dissented. Councilwoman Carol Dillingham was absent.
Councilman Tom Kovach said the proclamation was about “good behavior. That is what this proclamation supports. Don’t those members of the community and their families have a right to feel safe in this community?”
Kovach said many of the protesters at Tuesday’s meeting asked why the council was wasting its time on such a proclamation.
“The only time we’re spending on it is because the public is asking us to debate it. I’d trade you equal rights for gays for this proclamation any day. Truth is, they don’t have equal rights,” he said.
The council should uphold the rights of everyone “whether they agree with them or not,” Cubberley said.