Before the vote, I emailed all the members of the City Council, asking them to vote nay on the motion. Predictably, most ignored me. One of the City Council members actually wrote me back after the vote, saying:
I am very much aware of your vote as well as the reasoning behind Councilman Quinn's vote against the motion, citing the need to listen to his constituents. I find it difficult to believe that, if his constituents let him know their displeasure at the motion to such an extent that he found it necessary to vote nay, a majority of your own consituent contacts did not also voice their opposition to you. Why then did you go against their wishes and vote aye? Why be a part of a government action favoring one sexual orientation, a course of action that is chosen (for one chooses to engage in a consensual sexual act, by definition), over another? Is it indeed the government's job and a good stewardship of Norman's limited resources to spend four hours of City Council time on needless controversy such as this?
Your answer as I can see it is twofold:
1) No money was spent and the proclamation is not binding on anyone; and
2) GLBT citizens experience bullying and harassment.
I object strenuously to both answers. The meeting required significantly longer than most City Council meetings, did it not? And was that not because of the large amount of citizens who attended in order to speak out? While I certainly do not mind public debate and discourse about topics of morality and governance, the fact remains that time was spent (or wasted) on a "proclamation" that you yourself admit has no force for anyone.
Further, as one of the attendees pointed out, when Norman has so many issues that actually speak to the interests of the public at large before it, why make a governmental statement on the matter?
Secondly, I have experienced a great deal of bullying and harassment in the course of my time on this Earth, but it was not because I am a homosexual. When do you plan to proclaim "Nerd History Month"? Or "Bucktooth History Month"? After all, I was born with buckteeth. They developed naturally. I had no choice in the matter. And I have many times been driven to tears and depression over them. Yet, a strange thing happened - I grew up. If someone mocks my looks now, I am sad for them and pity their shallowness. If they verbally harass me, I walk away. If they physically assault me, I call the police and defend myself. Why should it be any different for GLBT citizens?
Further, what difference do you think a non-binding "proclamation" on which the Council (thankfully) spent no money will make? Will not those bullies who are inclined to harass GLBT people continue their malice?
Finally, as mentioned, you have in fact acted counterproductively, as you have increased the visibility of the gay agenda's campaign for super rights. When has the City Council (or anyone, for that matter) proclaimed "Heterosexual History Month"? If we are to celebrate historical achievements by remarkable people, why bring up their sexual orientation at all? What difference does one's sexual orientation make in a great invention or discovery? Who among us speaks in the following way: "Albert Einstein, a great mind and influential scientist, who was also heterosexual, is the originator of the theory of relativity"?
My hope is that you will reconsider that which drove you to this decision, whether poor thinking, lobbying from the NHRC, and/or political correctness. None is commendable, and none is fit for members of a modern City Council. I welcome any feedback, whether by email or by telephone. I am available most anytime.