Letters to the editor and comments from goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com and facebook.com/qnotescarolinas. Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation.
Boy Scouts policy
You have asked the right questions. What could have been is not what is, and neither of us is any more “qualified” today under this proposal than we have ever been. It is sad to say, but I think the recent “family discussion” by the BSA on the matter of sexual orientation has been meant to “flush out,” in more ways than one, gay supporters in the program. We’ll see what happens, if this proposal is approved — a big “if.”
— Ken, April 27, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com, in response to the April 26 Editor’s Note, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/22566/.
Readers react to to the introduction of a South Carolina non-discrimination bill (goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/22659/):
A great statement, tough fight ahead but have to keep fighting! FYI, Richland County/Columbia, Charleston, N.Charleston, Folly Beach do have LGBT non discrim ordinances and all were passed with no strong opposition
— Forrest, April 29, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com
Agree with Forrest’s comments 100%. I was very surprised that Columbia was the first to pass it back in 2008. The only thing it doesn’t cover is you can still be fired from your job just for “being out”, which is why we REALLY NEED A FULLY INCLUSIVE ENDA to protect ALL members of the LGBT community from discrimination in South Carolina.
— Robyn Watts, April 30, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com
NC GOP staffer
Readers react to comments made by a staffer of a Republican state senator (goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/22689/):
Miss Wilson, you obviously need to know that civil rights includes the ensuring of people’s physical and mental integrity, life and safety; protection from discrimination on grounds such as race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, ethnicity, religion, or disability and individual rights such as privacy, the freedoms of thought and conscience, speech and expression, religion, the press, assembly and movement. Miss Wilson, being that you represent the Republican Party which condemns the LGBT under all and any circumstances explains your bigoted thoughts as with many in your party will never win the LGBT vote.
— Janice Covington, May 2, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com
I am proud to stand with Rosemarie Walston and Mark Brown of PFLAG Rocky Mount and with all of the other PFLAG members (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and transgender people) of North Carolina who really do believe in equality under the law. How sad that some of our elected officials and their office assistants do not grasp the fundamental concept of separation of church and state.
— Linda Stroupe, May 3, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com
You put your hand on the bible and swore to uphold the constitution. You didn’t put your hand on the constitution and swear to uphold the bible. YOU CANNOT LEGISLATE YOUR IDEA OF MORALITY. Because not all Americans support your definition of moral. Not all Americans are Christian. This is exactly why we have a separation of church and state. Why is this sort of behavior not IMMEDIATE GROUNDS FOR LOSING YOUR JOB????
— James Ison, May 3, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com