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Letter: Support the LGBT community

Support the LGBT community

We consider our community to be open and accepting of the LGBT community, but are we really embracing the love for another person of the same gender to the degree that they truly feel the absence of bias and prejudice with zero homophobia? Are they being treating as second-class citizens? The agony felt by people who love another of the same gender who are harassed, abused and told that they cannot enter certain places of business in Aspen or that they must attend classes to be “cured” is sexual-orientation discrimination. Unless we truly accept LGBT families with equal human rights, the blood of those who die is on our hands. We invite you to embrace this motto with us: “There is nothing that love cannot face. There is no limit to its faith, its hope and its endurance.” The motto for the National Center for Lesbian Rights is, “The audacity to fight for justice, the perseverance to win!” Would Matthew Shepard have lived if his hometown had been Aspen? What churches would he and his partner, James Byrd, be welcome to attend? Does God love LGBT and straight people the same? What did Jesus say about same gender families? Answer: nothing!

The U.S. Supreme Court approved same-gender marriage on June 26. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law some gender civil unions on March 26, 2013, yet no church in Aspen invited the same gender civil unions on January 18 during Gay/Lesbian Ski Week. The ceremonies were held in the lobby of a hotel. Will Colorado be the 20th state to allow full-blown marriage for LGBT families? A Lesbian couple I met in 1957 in Plainview, Texas, national champions in girls basketball, captains of Wayland Baptist University basketball team have been together for 57 years in Denver. But at this time they cannot be married and go through their remaining aging years as a married couple. Is the blockage of their marriage the unconditional love that Christians say we stand for? America is turning a page in history. The Aspen community voted the unexplained deaths to be our number one concern. The APD cannot do this alone. Do we have the answer but are refusing to acknowledge it? The life and breath of another person may be suspended in the balance. Each individual will decide, one heart at a time.

Jan Hamilton


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